Several Indications Of A High Functioning Alcoholic

While alcohol dependence is a disastrous disease that can destroy lives, a number of 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 nice cars, live in good neighborhoods, and make a significant income.

However, simply because they are high-functioning does not mean that they're immune to the repercussions of alcohol. They are still in danger of harming themselves and others around them. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with unsteady hands, or a financier managing large sums of money are each at-risk of inducing terrible disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional path.

Listed below are a number of clues that can help in identifying these time bombs:

1. They drink rather than eating.

Problem drinkers will commonly replace meals with a couple of drinks, lose interest in food completely, or use mealtime as justification to begin drinking.

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

Consuming alcohol routinely over an extended period of time can trigger the body to become dependent on alcohol. Regularly high-functioning alcoholic s manage to drink a lot without the same hangover that plagues the occasional drinker.

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

If an alcoholic is forced to abstain from drinking, his or her physical body commonly responds adversely, as they are dependent on the tranquillizing effects of alcohol. Abrupt quitting can trigger tension and anxiety, nervousness, sweating, a quickened heart rate, and even seizures.

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

Problem drinkers may transform noticeably when they drink. For instance, a typically pleasant person may become belligerent, or make impetuous decisions.

5. They can't have just two drinks.

A problem drinker has trouble stopping, 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. Periods of amnesia or "blacking out" are typical.

Many problem drinkers will participate in activities that they have no memory of the following day. They may not seem significantly drunk at the time, but they're not able to remember events that took place.

7. Efforts to talk about drinking habits are met with hostility and denial.

When faced with matters involving their drinking, alcoholics will typically retreat to denial or aggression, making discussion hard.

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

If flat denial or aggression is not the opted for method of avoidance, most problem drinkers will have a seemingly reasonable explanation for their actions. Stress and anxiety at work, problems at home, or an abundance of social functions are typical reasons to explain their damaging behavior.

9. They hide their alcohol.

Many problem drinkers will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a desk or in their car. This type of hidden drinking is a significant warning and there is no other explanation for their actions other than alcohol addiction.

Let's keep our community productive, safe, and sober by always keeping our eyes open for problematic actions in order to get these troubled coworkers, family, and neighbors the help they need.

Symptoms of a High Functioning Alcoholic

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

Just because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're immune to the effects of alcohol. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with shaky hands, or a banker handling substantial amounts of money are each at-risk of causing terrible disasters if they stay on their destructive path.
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