What if a colleague has an alcohol problem…?

Alison (not her real name) was just 14 years old when she first started drinking. “It was part of my life,” she says. “I always had alcohol around me from a young age. It was just accepted.”

While she started off slowly, drinking was encouraged as she grew up and again when she moved into the workplace. ‘Liquid lunches’ became a thing, so did being wined and dined while working away from home.

“It was encouraged – it was part of the whole ethos of doing business,” says Alison, who defines herself as a functional alcoholic.

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