Are You a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

a man who works while drinking is a high functioning alcoholic

You can be an alcoholic and lead an outwardly successful life. In fact, many high-level professionals fall under the category of what experts call a high-functioning alcoholic. These are folks that essentially lead two lives: the public one where they hold well-respected careers (doctors, pilots, lawyers, executives, entrepreneurs, Wall Street brokers, etc.) and the private one where they abuse alcohol.

Just because you seem to have it all together on the outside, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t suffering from the physical and emotional effects of alcohol. In fact, you may even be struggling with uncontrollable cravings, unsuccessful attempts to quit drinking and obsessive thoughts about your next drink – all hallmarks of a substance use disorder. What’s more, even if you disguise your drinking, you’re still putting yourself (and others) at risk.

Here are some red flags that signal you need help:

  • Do you tend to joke about alcoholism?
  • Has your drinking caused any relationship problems?
  • Have you had any legal trouble, like a DUI?
  • Have you ever hid your alcohol consumption?
  • Do you drink in the morning or when you’re alone?
  • Do you tend to get drunk, even when you don’t intend to?
  • Do you make up excuses? For example: “I only drink expensive scotch.”
  • Do you “drink” your meals or use mealtime as an excuse to start drinking? 
  • Has a loved one ever confronted you about drinking? Did you become angry or irritated?
  • Has a loved one ever had to make an excuse for your drinking?
  • Have you ever become irritable, nervous or uncomfortable when you’re unable to have a drink?
  • Have you experienced a blackout, where you can’t remember what you did or said while drinking?

Treatment for High-Functioning Alcoholics
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