The experience of Muslim employees is that Norwegians don't accept abstaining from alcohol for religious reasons.

Counselors at the Advisory Center for issues related to alcohol, drugs and addictive gambling in the workplace (AKAN) spoke with employees who said that there are basically only two acceptable reasons for abstaining from alcohol when meeting with colleagues: being pregnant or driving.

"We Norwegians don't accept temperance for religious convictions. In theory yes, maybe, but in practice, when we sit in the pub after a tiring workweek, it's quite incomprehensible that people can't just grab a beer," according to a new book on alcohol culture in the workplace.

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