Anonymous User wrote:I as a Mormon apologize for the preachy-weirdness of the poster who was lecturing everyone about drinking.
I also think it was really disgusting that some of our more fratty bros threw down on people who abstain for religious reasons from alcohol. I guess mods will only moderate when shots are taken against more popular religious groups/ races (What if someone said "Hey orthodox Jew, why not learn to not wear your Yamaka at work, or go work for some Jewish law firm in Brooklyn instead).
Anyway, to respond to anyone still worrying about the drinking issue, I went to a top-10 undergraduate b-school. They taught us if we didn't drink to never make some point about it in public as a challenge to others, or announce it-- you'll just look self-righteous and contemptuous. Instead, the best way to handle it is to order soda, and if someone asks, just let them know straight up in a non-awkward/creeper way.
Any sane biglaw partner/firm will understand and support that people have religious or other beliefs that may conflict with some aspect of work (vegans, Sabbath-observers, Hijab-wearers, religious holidays, recovering-alcoholics, etc).
People who don't drink for religious reasons are usually pretty chill bros. A lot easier to respect a decision like that. Think of it this way - if some guy was all like "I don't eat cheeseburgers" at the firm barbecue most of us would be like "that's kinda weird" but if you were all like "oh, I'm a Jew, can't eat pork, not even with a fork" people would be like, cool dood.