Besides Mad Men-era Madison Avenue, there are few places where drinking on the job is as encouraged as the service industry. You might start out as a lightweight at your first server gig, but by the time you leave that job, you’ll be a professional drinker. Here are six telltale signs that you learned to drink in hospitality.
1. You can take a shot, no chaser.
Chasers are for amateurs. You can still grimace as the tequila passes your lips (we’re not psychopaths), but those of us who learned to drink in hospitality never need lime and salt. It’s a matter of practicality more than pride. When you’re sneaking shots mid-shift, you need to be as inconspicuous as possible. A wedge of citrus or an extra glass of soda can be a dead giveaway. And after a while, you forget you ever needed to chase a shot.