One in seven British women will find love at the office Christmas party – according to a new study
New research has found that twenty percent of women have entered into a long term relationship following a kiss with a colleague under the mistletoe – and one in seven are currently still with the same partner. The research of 2,000 women found the dizzy round of Christmas parties and nights out begins for most women – and ends on Christmas Eve.
In that 24 day period – the average female will attend four Christmas parties, dinners and “dos” and spend £47 on grooming. They will also splash out £100 on festive party outfits – and spend a total of four and a half hours getting ready for nights out.
The results also showed the average female will enjoy an average of 3 Christmas dinners – as well as 24 glasses of bubbly and approximately 20 canapés.
It also emerged around one in seven women hope to pucker up with a work colleague – with 38% admitting they have or intend to buy an outfit to impress someone at work. And while 26 percent of women have kissed a colleague at a work’s party, one in seven (13%) have their eye on someone this year.
A spokeswoman for CB12 FIRST CLASS BREATH who commissioned the study said, “Despite the many hours of party prepping, women will be dashing out of work for last minute party essentials including tights and false eye lashes; with more than two thirds (69%) stocking up on mouthwash, gum or a toothbrush to ensure they are ready to get up close and personal on their big night out.”
Commenting on the research, dentist Dr Luke Thorley said: “With women attending an average of four parties in the lead up to Christmas, it’s never been more important to look and feel your best.
“Being in close quarters with friends or colleagues means having confidence in your breath is a must – particularly if you’re planning a kiss under the mistletoe! To help maintain fresh breath, try alternating your festive tipple with a glass of water to keep your mouth hydrated.”
And the issues which fill the nation’s women with dread as the party season approaches were also revealed – being chatted up by someone they don’t fancy (31%) followed by not being completely confident in their chosen outfit was a worry for 27%.
Another 22% said they were worried about suffering the embarrassment of arriving on their own.
Not being able to relax due to the boss being present was a problem for 21%, with 20% admitting a fear of feeling rough the next day. Having to spend all evening with people you have already endured eight hours that day with was a bug-bear for 19%.
The research also revealed women will be avoiding certain foods over the Christmas period, with smelly foods being a particular no-no as four in ten women worry they will be left with unpleasant breath.