When Attendees Drink
Intoxicated attendees raise concerns for most planners
by Loren G. EdelsteinApril 1, 2012
In September 2004,
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asked meeting professionals if attendees drink too much at meetings, 76 percent said no. In a similar study this past February, just 36 percent told us overindulgence is not a problem. Furthermore, 11 percent think attendees have been drinking more in recent years. Liability for alcohol-related incidents is a concern for 79 percent of those polled. When planners attend events themselves, 4 percent admit they "absolutely" overindulge, and another 22 percent say they sometimes party hard. For verbatim comments: mcmag.com/webexclusives.aspx.
22% have provided transportation for drunk attendees.
55% are "extremely" or "somewhat" concerned about hungover attendees skipping meetings. Another 51 percent are irked to see hungover participants in meetings.
11% of meeting planners believe attendees are drinking more than in past years; 58 percent haven't noticed any change.
3% of planners have dealt with legal issues arising from alcohol consumption at their events.