Can You Succeed In Business If You Don't Drink?

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By Emma Johnson

Early in her career as a global health consultant, Caitlin Padgett lived a work-hard, play-hard lifestyle that eventually took its toll: burnout at 30. After leaving a career to “find herself,” Padgett was faced with a painful truth: she drank too much.
 
After searching for resources for women like herself to manage alcohol consumption and finding none, Caitlin launched a lifestyle coaching business and wrote Amazon No. 1 bestseller  Drink Less Be More: How to have a great night (and life) without getting wasted.
 
In her work, Padgett, now 34, found that high-powered people who want to reduce their alcohol use fear being shamed by peers. “There is a good reason for that fear,” Padgett says. “Alcohol is omnipresent in many professions.”
Whether at happy hour to decompress with your colleagues after a long day, cocktails to woo new clients, trays of champagne passed around at networking events, or holiday parties with open bars — alcohol often plays a starring role in business. I understand that pressure. I drink socially, and because I’ve noticed the harsh realities of age and hangovers, and have reduced my two-drink limit to one. At business events and drinks meetings, I sometimes feel slightly self-conscious.
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