While alcoholism is a disastrous illness that can destroy lives, a few people who battle with it manage to hold down stressful jobs and big responsibilities. From the outside, these so-called high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive nice cars, live in good neighborhoods, and make a significant income.
Just because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're immune to the effects of alcohol. They are still at risk of harming themselves and others around them. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with shaky hands, or a financier handling large sums of money are each at-risk of causing terrible disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional path.
Here are some signs that can really help in recognizing these time bombs:
1. They consume alcohol instead of eating food.
Problem drinkers will often remove and replace meals with a couple of drinks, lose interest in food completely, or use mealtime as a reason to start consuming alcohol.
2. They can wake up without a hangover, even after a number of drinks.
Consuming alcohol routinely over a long period of time can trigger the physical body to become dependent on alcohol. Commonly high-functioning alcoholics successfully drink a lot without the same hangover that tortures the occasional drinker.
3. Abstaining makes them irritable, anxious, or uncomfortable.
If an alcoholic is forced to abstain from drinking, his or her physical body regularly responds negatively, as they depend on the sedative effects of alcohol . Abrupt quitting can induce anxiety, uneasiness, sweating, a rapid heart rate, as well as seizures.
4. Their behavior patterns alter noticeably while under the influence of alcohol.
When they drink, alcoholics may transform noticeably. A typically mild-mannered person may become aggressive, or make impulsive decisions.
5. They can't have just two drinks.
A problem drinker has a problem quiting, and may even finish others' drinks. Booze will never be left on the table, and there is always an excuse for one more round.
6. Periods of amnesia or "blacking out" are typical.
Many alcoholics will participate in activities that they have no recollection of the next day. They may not seem significantly intoxicated at the time, but they're unable to recall events that happened.
7. Attempts to talk about drinking habits are met with hostility and denial.
When confronted with problems surrounding their drinking , alcohol ics will typically retreat to denial or hostility, making a dialogue hard.
8. They typically have a good reason for why they drink.
Most problem drinkers will have a relatively rational explanation for their behavior if flat denial or hostility is not the chosen mode of avoidance. Stress at work, problems at home, or an abundance of social activities are common excuses to explain their damaging behavior.
9. They conceal their alcohol.
Many problem drinkers will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a desk or in their car. This type of covert alcohol consumption is an enormous warning and there is no other explanation for this behavior apart from alcohol dependence.
Let's try to keep our world productive, safe, and sober by keeping our eyes open for dubious behavior in order to get these troubled coworkers, family, and neighbors the help they need.
Indications of a High Functioning Alcoholic
From the outside, these so-called high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive cool cars, live in great neighborhoods, and make a significant income.
Simply because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're invulnerable to the effects of alcohol. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with shaky hands, or a financier managing considerable sums of money are each at-risk of causing horrendous disasters if they stay on their destructive path.