Some Signs Of A HFA Or High Functioning Alcoholic

While alcoholism is a devastating disease that can destroy lives, a few people who struggle 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 great neighborhoods, and make a substantial income.

Even so, simply because they're high-functioning does not mean that they are immune to the effects of alcohol. They're still at risk of harming themselves and others around them. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with trembling hands, or a banker handling large sums of money are each at-risk of triggering terrible disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional path.

Here are a number of warning signs that can really help in identifying these time bombs:

1. They drink in place of eating food.

Alcoholics will often replace meals with a few drinks, lose interest in food altogether, or use mealtime as justification to start consuming alcohol.

2. They can get out of bed without a hangover, even after several drinks.

Consuming alcohol routinely over an extended period of time can trigger the body to become addicted to alcohol. Commonly high-functioning alcoholics manage to drink a good deal without the same hangover that plagues the random drinker.

3. Abstaining makes them cranky, anxious, or uncomfortable.

If an alcoholic is required to abstain from consuming alcohol, his or her physical body commonly responds negatively, as they depend on the tranquillizing effects of alcohol. Abrupt quitting can induce anxiety, nervousness, sweating, a quickened heart rate, and even seizures.

4. Their behavior patterns change dramatically while under the influence of booze.

Problem drinkers may change significantly when they drink. A typically mild-mannered person may become aggressive, or make careless decisions.
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5. They can't have just two drinks.

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

6. Time spans of amnesia or "blacking out" are common.

Many alcoholics will participate in activities that they have no memory of the next day. They may not appear extremely intoxicated at the moment, but they're unable to recall activities that happened.

7. Efforts to talk about drinking behavior are met with aggression and denial.

When confronted with issues involving their alcohol consumption, alcohol abusers will typically retreat to denial or aggression, making discussion hard.

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

If flat denial or aggression is not the opted for method of evasion, most problem drinkers will have a seemingly reasonable explanation for their actions. Stress at the workplace, problems at home, or an abundance of social functions are common reasons to explain their destructive behavior.

9. They conceal their alcohol.

Many alcoholics will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a desk or in their car. This type of hidden drinking is an enormous red flag and there is no other explanation for their actions apart from alcoholism.

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

Indications of a High Functioning Alcoholic

From the outside, these so-called high-functioning alcoholics appear to have it all together. WANT TO CLEAR UP A NAGGING QUESTION: . . .
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They can drive nice cars, live in great neighborhoods, 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 shaky hands, or a banker managing large amounts of money are each at-risk of causing terrible disasters if they stay on their destructive path.