Some Signs Of A HFA Or High Functioning Alcoholic

While alcohol dependence 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 alcoholic s seem to have it all together. They can drive great 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 repercussions of alcohol. They're still in danger of harming 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 horrendous disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional course.

Here are some clues that can really help in identifying these time bombs:

1. They consume alcohol instead of eating food.

Alcoholics will regularly remove and replace meals with a few drinks, lose interest in food completely, or use mealtime as a reason to start drinking.

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

Drinking alcohol regularly over an extended period of time can induce the physical body to become addicted to alcohol. Commonly high-functioning alcoholics manage to drink a good deal without having the same hangover that afflicts the occasional drinker.

3. Abstaining makes them irritable, nervous, or uncomfortable.

If an alcoholic is forced to avoid consuming alcohol, his or her body often reciprocates adversely, as they are dependent on the sedative effects of alcohol. Sudden quitting can induce tension and anxiety, nervousness, perspiration, a quickened heart rate, and even seizures.

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

Alcoholics may change noticeably when they drink. A typically mild-mannered person may become aggressive, or make impetuous choices.

5. They can't have just two drinks.

A problem drinker has trouble quiting, 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. Periods of memory loss or "blacking out" are typical.

Many alcoholics will take part in activities that they have no recollection of the next day. They may not seem significantly drunk at the moment, but they're not able to remember events that occurred.

7. Attempts to discuss drinking behavior are met with hostility and denial.

When faced with matters involving their drinking, heavy users will generally regress to denial or hostility, making discussion hard.

8. They never fail to have a good explanation for why they drink.

If flat denial or aggression is not the chosen method of avoidance, most problem drinkers will have a somewhat rational explanation for their actions. Stress and anxiety at work, problems in the home, or an abundance of social events are typical excuses to explain their destructive behavior.

9. They conceal their alcohol.

Many alcoholics will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a workspace or in their car. This sort of covert drinking is a significant red flag and there is no other explanation for their actions aside from alcoholism .

Let's try to keep our community productive, safe, and sober by keeping our eyes open for dubious actions to get these troubled colleagues, family members, and neighbors the assistance they need.

Symptoms of a High Functioning Alcoholic

From the outside, these supposed high-functioning alcoholic s seem to have it all together. They can drive cool 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 trembling hands, or a banker handling large amounts of money are each at-risk of triggering horrendous disasters if they stay on their destructive course.