Clues Of A High Functioning Alcoholic

While alcoholism is a devastating disease that can ruin lives, a few people who battle with it manage to hold down stressful jobs and big responsibilities. From the outside, these so-called high-functioning problem drinkers seem to have it all together. They can drive great cars, live in good neighborhoods, and make a significant income.
Just because they're high-functioning doesn't mean that they're immune to the repercussions of alcohol. They are still at risk of hurting themselves and others around them. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with unsteady hands, or a banker handling large sums of money are each at-risk of inducing horrendous disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional path.
Here are a few warning signs that can really help in identifying these time bombs:
1. They drink rather than eating food.
Problem drinkers will commonly remove and replace meals with a few drinks, lose interest in food altogether, or use mealtime as an excuse to begin consuming alcohol.
2. They can wake up without a hangover, even after several drinks.
Consuming alcohol regularly over a long period of time can cause the body to become addicted to alcohol. Often high-functioning alcoholics are able to drink a great deal without the same hangover that plagues the not habitual drinker.
3. Not drinking makes them cranky, jittery, or - - uncomfortable.
If an alcoholic is forced to avoid consuming alcohol, his or her physical body commonly responds negatively, as they are dependent on the tranquillizing effects of alcohol. Abrupt quitting can cause tension and anxiety, nervousness, perspiration, a quickened heart rate, and even seizures.
4. Their behavior patterns change significantly while under the influence of booze.
When they drink, problem drinkers may change significantly. A generally mild-mannered individual may become aggressive, or make impulsive decisions.
5. They can't have just two drinks.
An alcoholic has trouble quiting, and may even finish others' drinks. Alcohol will never be left on the table, and there is always an excuse for one more round.
6. Time spans of amnesia or "blacking out" are typical. - heavy drinking - Many problem drinkers will participate in activities that they have no recollection of the following day. They may not appear significantly intoxicated at the time, but they're unable to recall events that occurred.
7. Efforts to discuss drinking habits are met with aggression and denial.
When confronted with problems involving their drinking, alcohol abusers will typically retreat to denial or hostility, making a dialogue difficult.
8. They typically have a good explanation for why they drink.
If flat denial or hostility is not the chosen method of evasion, most problem drinkers will have a seemingly reasonable explanation for their actions. Stress and anxiety at the workplace, troubles in the home, or an abundance of social activities are common reasons to explain their destructive behavior.
9. They hide their alcohol. - drunks - Many alcoholics will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a workspace or in their car. This kind of hidden alcohol consumption is a significant red flag and there is no other explanation for their actions other than alcoholism.
Let's try to keep our society productive, safe, and sober by always keeping our eyes open for questionable actions to get these struggling colleagues, family members, and friends the assistance they need.
Signs of a High Functioning Alcoholic
From the outside, these supposed high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive nice cars, live in great neighborhoods, and make a substantial income.
Just because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're invulnerable to the effects of alcohol. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with unsteady hands, or a banker managing substantial sums of money are each at-risk of causing horrible disasters if they stay on their destructive course.