for Quartz

“There is exactly one reason I am going to the holiday party,” my friend said of his company’s annual gathering. “Free booze.”

I have been sober for almost nine years, but I find this logic completely reasonable. Whether they’re with your family, coworkers, or an assortment of cohorts, holiday parties are almost by definition an awkward affair. We are often obligated to attend these events and repeat assurances that everyone is having a Very Good Time—and the reward for our presence is proffered in alcohol. (continued)