I haven't personally encountered any drunk office worker, but I have run across taxi and jeepney drivers who reeked of gin while driving. A new study says this incident may not be that uncommon among.....office workers.
Michael Frone, an associate professor of psychology, estimates that in the last year, 1.8 percent of the workforce has consumed alcohol at least once before coming to work, 7.1 percent of workers drank alcohol at least once during the workday and 9.2 percent of the workforce has soldiered on with a hangover.
The study, published in this month's Journal of Studies on Alcohol, found that alcohol use was more common among men, younger workers and single people. The good news is that such use is infrequent. For example, of employees who drank before work, 71 percent did it less than monthly.
[Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan 2006]
I can imagine the dire outcomes if this happened more frequently. On the good side, I knew that alcohol had positive effects on the works of people like Edgar Allan Poe and Salvador Dali. Maybe even Paulo Coelho. Still, nothing can justify drinking alcohol while working. Check with your boss if you don't believe me.