Common Clues Of A High-Functioning-Alcoholic

While alcohol dependence is a devastating disease that can destroy lives, a few people who struggle with it manage to keep stressful jobs and big responsibilities. From the outside, these so-called high-functioning problem drinkers seem to have it all together. They can drive nice cars, live in great communities, and make a substantial income.

But unfortunately, just because they're high-functioning doesn't mean that they are immune to the repercussions of alcohol. They are still in danger of hurting themselves and others around them. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with shaky hands, or a financier managing large sums of money are each at-risk of causing terrible disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional path.

Listed below are a few warning signs that can really help in recognizing these time bombs:

1. They drink in place of eating.

Problem drinkers will regularly replace meals with a couple of drinks, lose interest in food altogether, or use mealtime as a reason to start drinking.

2. They can wake up without a hangover, even after several drinks.

Consuming alcohol regularly over a substantial period of time can induce the body to become dependent on alcohol. Regularly high-functioning alcoholics manage to drink a good deal without having the same hangover that plagues the occasional drinker.

3. Not drinking makes them grouchy, jittery, or uncomfortable.

If alcoholism is forced to avoid consuming alcohol, his or her body often reacts adversely, as they are dependent on the sedative effects of alcohol. Abrupt quitting can cause tension and anxiety, nervousness, perspiration, a quickened heart rate, as well as seizures.

4. Their behavior patterns transform significantly while under the influence of alcohol.

When they drink, alcoholics may transform significantly. A typically mild-mannered individual may become aggressive, or make impetuous choices.

5. They cannot have just two drinks.

A problem drinker has a problem quiting, and may even finish others' drinks. Alcohol will never be left on the table, and there is always a pretext for one more round.

6. Time spans of memory loss or "blacking out" are common.

Many alcoholics will take part in activities that they have no memory of the following day. They may not seem extremely drunk at the time, but they're not able to recall events that took place.

7. to answer a nagging question: . . .
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Attempts to talk about drinking behavior are met with aggression and denial.

When confronted with problems involving their alcohol consumption, heavy users will generally retreat to denial or hostility, making a dialogue difficult.

8. They typically have a good explanation for why they drink.

Most problem drinkers will have a seemingly rational explanation for their behavior if flat denial or aggression is not the opted for method of evasion. Stress and anxiety at the workplace, problems at home, or an abundance of social activities are common reasons to explain their damaging behavior.

9. They hide their alcohol.

Many problem drinker s will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a desk or in their vehicle. This type of hidden drinking is a significant red flag and there is no other explanation for this behavior aside from alcohol dependence.

Let's try to keep our society productive, safe, and sober by always keeping our eyes open for dubious behavior in order to get these struggling coworkers, family, and friends the assistance they need.

Signs of a High Functioning Alcoholic

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From the outside, these so-called high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive nice cars, live in great communities, and make a substantial income.

Simply because they're high-functioning doesn't mean that they're invulnerable to the repercussions of alcohol. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with trembling hands, or a financier managing large sums of money are each at-risk of inducing horrendous disasters if they stay on their destructive path.