When Mad Men first came on, there was a amount of discussion about the large amount of routine drinking that went on in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. I wasn’t in the workforce yet during the early years of MM and even though I was during the later years, it wasn’t at the level that kept a stocked bar in the credenza.
But I very much remember in the early and mid '80’s always drinking booze at lunch on workdays. I remember working for a major arts organization and a group of us staffers wouldn’t go to lunch at a place that didn’t serve hard liquor. I don’t just mean a beer or glass of wine with your pizza. I do mean two margaritas with your Mexican food, or Jack Daniel’s & 7-Up with just about anything. This went on during the whole decade of the '80’s, as I recall.
Stopping at Happy Hour after work went on before this and after, too, but somewhere along the line, this practice of hard drinking at lunch just faded away. At least it did in the places I worked. Was it when restaurants started banning smoking, I wonder?
What do y’all remember about the practice of boozing it up at lunch with your office colleagues on workdays? Did you do it? Do you still do it? Was that just the nature of the '80’s?