The Insider wrote:
Wow, that is a pretty caustic statement, one lacks self control or has a stick up his/her ass? On the contrary I think. It is a totally personal decision, one that should not have any bearing on your ability to perform. I think its indisputable that alcohol use in the long-term can cause brain damage, but if one wants to take it further and refrain from touching it indefinitely, then how would that pose an unreasonable risk to trust? It seems to me that political correctness forgot to include T-Totalers in its objective to avoid forms of expression or action that can exclude, marginalize, or insult certain groups of people.
I don't have anything against anyone who drinks; in fact, 90% of my friends do. It's just a personal decision and like he said, there is nothing wrong with it if you refrain from doing so. And I may be playing Devil's Advocate, so to assume that I don't drink is manifestly false as I might be bringing up this issue for the sake of argument. What I do is not pertinent here. What I do find perplexing is how non-drinkers pose an unreasonable risk to trust as the person's former boss stated. That is just asinine and anecdotal; is there any evidence or research to support this statement? Plus, if one is religious (i.e. Mormon or Muslim), wouldn't hiring firms completely take that into consideration and refrain from judgment?
people like that get hired as either part of some diversity initiative or because they are seen as someone with the potential to work well with/attract an existing client base or a target client base. The whole PC cultural movement you alluded to above is essentially a public relations attempt to include as many people in their customer base not employee base (unless doing the latter helps attract the former), and as some non-client facing junior associate, you're just not that important or special, or the unique little snowflake that you think you are. Don't take it personal.