Can FBI Agents Drink Alcohol?

by Ruth Mayhew

A career as an FBI special agent means you'll be held to high legal and moral standards, but the bureau doesn't prohibit its agents from living normal, sociable lives. All federal government agencies have strict drug-free workplace policies and the FBI is no different. But the policy against drug use doesn't address alcohol use. That said, the FBI probably won't tolerate excessive drinking within its ranks because of the problems that can arise.

Sound Judgment and Discretion Required

FBI agents who imbibe probably don't have to worry about losing their jobs unless their alcohol use results in circumstances that harm themselves and others. Alcohol can affect anyone's judgment and decision-making capabilities, so it stands to reason that an agent should not engage in activities that could put her in a compromising position, whether she's on- or off-duty.

About the Author

Ruth Mayhew began writing in 1985. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry" and "Human Resources Managers Appraisal Schemes." Mayhew earned senior professional human resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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