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Drinking seems to be built into big law atmosphere/ central to networking. Any tips or lessons learned?

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You should have 3 drinks. Not 2, not 4 - 3. Preferably G&Ts so there’s nothing disguising your slight drunkenness. Don’t drink tequila, or anything with tequila. If after these G&Ts you feel even the slightest bit of attraction towards your colleagues, leave the premises immediately.

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This is oddly specific advice. Personally, I'm a total lightweight. Three G&Ts and I'll be telling the managing partner how much I love them. I'll pass on that.

I’ve drinker sparking water in many occasions. It’s never been an issue. If anything, people seem to like that I don’t drink.

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I alternate my drinks with sparkling water (so G&T #1, seltzer #1, G&T #2, seltzer #2, etc.). Gotta stay hydrated!

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I stick to champagne if they have it. Don’t drink red wine especially if you’re wearing white.

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When for some reason you can't get away with not drinking and it's in a dimlit setting, ask for a Coke in a red wine glass. Been doing it for years 🙈

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There are 3 primary rules as a summer: (1) do good work; (2) don’t be an asshole; (3) show interest in meeting others. Drinking events accomplish 2 and 3 on this list. A lot of advice here about how not to drink at a drinking event. My two cents: follow the crowd but know your limit. You want to be social and show you are someone I can be in a foxhole with, but no one likes the Drunk Summer. Here, as in all things, just use common sense.

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If I don’t drink at all as a BigLaw summer, will this make me the odd man out? Will it be perceived negatively?

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I think the best way to shut it down without inviting any further inquiry is to say, "I can't due to some medication I take." No one will ask further if that's your second response after "It's not for me."

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NA beers have saved me! Heineken zero in a glass, looks, smells, and tastes like beer but no alcohol. If I am drinking I’ll swap these in to stay level headed too.

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I don’t think so, there’s no alcohol in it

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I don't drink, period. It probably hasn't helped my career any, but I do okay. At firm social events I drink club soda with lime.

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My trick is Tonic water with lime, it looks like G&T and people will not ask you why you are not drinking and feel comfortable approaching you to talk since they believe you are in the same state of drunkenness. I sleep better when I don’t have alcohol during the work week.

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Don’t do it. Alcohol is linked to cancer and the alcohol industry has basically lobbied the heck out of Washington to keep all the negative ish away from the public.

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