I recently had to travel to another country (Brasil -- I'm from the US) for a business trip. I've traveled for my company before, but not with a big group.
I was shocked at how much drinking went on, and I'm looking for a few opinions.
1) If you're on a business trip, how much drinking do you consider appropriate, specifically when out to dinner with your local area hosts? I know that this could change somewhat from country to country. My guideline was "no more than our hosts", especially when the hosts are paying. Some of the guys on the trip drank to the point of being obnoxiously intoxicated. These were 40-something year old men, not kids right out of school and unleashed on the world for the first time.
2) If you'd been on a trip where it seemed like people had out of control drinking, would you go to your HR department and suggest guidelines for drinking while travelling? On the one hand, I'd like to think that these guys were seasoned travellers who know how to act in other countries, but on the other hand, I got tired of them not being able to show up on time in the morning.
I'm not a prude when it comes to drinking, but these trips aren't supposed to be Spring Break drinkathons. The company paid us to go there to work. Socializing appropriately with our hosts is part of that. Trying to steal the hat from a waiter is not. (OK, I appear to be holding onto some bitterness about this.)