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Ask HN: Is the Ballmer Peak real?
1 point by Fej 10 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments
Yes, it's from a comic. But I've heard varying stories regarding the ostensibly-imaginary method. Companies like Jet allow alcohol at the desk. Is there any truth to it? Dependent on the person?

Well, think of it this way: people would benefit from it if there were a solid chance that the positive benefits outweighed the side effects of alcohol consumption, reliably. People might even be slightly buzzed all the time if such were the case. But of the people (afaik) who drink when working, do they try to convert others to do the same, for an easy upgrade or enhancement of work ability? I find, not so much. So, I think it may just be a catchy meme foremost than a trend to keep up with, probably helps that regular drinking is not out of the ordinary in SV or NY, etc..

For some kinds of work, say sales, a little alcohol can help with anxiety.

It has a way of catching up with you, however, and you can easily wind up drinking too much.

If you want to suppress anxiety you may be better off getting a prescription for a short-acting benzodiazepine such as Xanax -- the primary effect of alcohol and benzodiazepines is basically the same. BZs are much safer than the older tranquilizers, but still have danger of addiction and overdose, particularly if you combine with alcohol, opiates, etc. Xanax is cheaper than alcohol, however, and less toxic.

There have been quite a few studies showing that alcohol helps with creativity, presumably because we don't shoot down novel ideas so quickly.

But most development is not creative. I worked from a co-working space that had free beers available on Friday afternoons, I tried having a beer and working and it was a total waste of time.

Original comic - literally relevant xkcd: https://www.xkcd.com/323/

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