Could My Loved One Be a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

high-functioning alcoholicJust because someone holds down a good job, attends church and community events or has what seems like a healthy family life, it doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t have a problem with alcohol. So-called high-functioning alcoholics typically seem to have it all together on the outside – and may even hold high-power positions in the community and at work — but inside they are suffering from the physical and emotional effects of alcohol. They may even be struggling with such hallmarks of addiction as uncontrollable cravings, unsuccessful attempts to quit drinking and obsessive thoughts about their next drink.

Despite their best efforts at concealment, they’ll likely exhibit some subtle and not-so-subtle signs uncharacteristic of their sober selves. Here are a few to watch out for:

  • Denial: Listen carefully for excuses. For example: “I haven’t had any setbacks because of drinking.” “I have a great job and pay my bills, so I can’t be an alcoholic.” “I only drink expensive wine.”
  • Eating habits: Many high-functioning alcoholics use mealtimes as an excuse to start drinking or lose interest in food altogether.
  • Withdrawal signs: This includes becoming irritable, nervous or uncomfortable when he or she is forced to abstain from drinking.
  • Lack of control: A high functioning alcoholic won’t be able to stop after just one or two drinks — and will likely always have an excuse for just one more round.
  • Behavioral changes: For example, a mild manner person might act aggressive or a conservative individual impulsive while under the influence.

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