While alcohol dependence is a disastrous disease that can destroy lives, a number of people who struggle with it manage to keep big responsibilities and stressful jobs. From the outside, these so-called high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive great cars, live in great neighborhoods, and make a substantial income.
Simply because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're immune to the effects of alcohol. They are still in danger of hurting themselves and others around them. As an example, a pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with unsteady hands, or a banker managing large amounts of money are each at-risk of inducing horrendous disasters if they remain on their dysfunctional path.
Here are a number of warning signs that can help in recognizing these time bombs:
1. They drink in place of eating food.
Alcoholics will commonly remove and replace meals with a couple of drinks, lose interest in food altogether, or use mealtime as an excuse to begin consuming alcohol.
2. They can get out of bed without a hangover, even after a number of drinks.
Drinking alcohol routinely over an extended period of time can cause the body to become addicted to alcohol. Often high-functioning alcoholics are able to drink a great deal without having the same hangover that torments the random drinker.
3. Abstaining makes them irritable, anxious, or uncomfortable.
If an alcoholic is forced to abstain from consuming alcohol, his or her physical body often reciprocates adversely, as they depend on the tranquillizing effects of alcohol. Abrupt quitting can cause anxiety, uneasiness, perspiration, a quickened heart rate, and even seizures.
4. Their behavior patterns transform dramatically while under the influence of booze.
Problem drinkers may alter dramatically when they drink. For example, a generally mild-mannered individual may become aggressive, or make impetuous decisions.
5. They cannot 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 a pretext for one more round.
6. Time spans of amnesia or "blacking out" are prevalent.
Many alcoholics 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 unable to remember events that occurred.
7. Attempts to talk about drinking behavior are met with aggression and denial.
When faced with problems surrounding their drinking, alcohol abusers will generally regress to denial or aggression, making conversation hard.
8. They always 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 behavior. Stress and anxiety at the workplace, problems in the home, or an abundance of social functions are typical reasons to explain their destructive behavior.
9. They hide their alcohol.
Many alcoholics will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a workspace or in their vehicle. This kind of hidden alcohol consumption is a tremendous warning and there is no other explanation for this behavior aside from alcohol addiction.
Let's keep our society productive, safe, and sober by keeping our eyes open for dubious behavior to get these struggling colleagues, family, and friends the help they need.
Indications of a High Functioning Alcoholic
From the outside, these supposed high-functioning alcoholics appear to have it all together. They can drive cool cars, live in great communities, and make a substantial income.
Simply because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're invulnerable to the repercussions of alcohol. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with trembling hands, or a financier managing considerable amounts of money are each at-risk of causing terrible disasters if they stay on their destructive course.
to answer a nagging question: . . .
do i have a drinking problem ?