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Common Signs Of A High Functioning Alcoholic (HFA)

While alcohol dependence is a disastrous condition that can destroy lives, a few 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 significant income.

Just because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're immune to the effects of alcohol. They're still at risk of hurting themselves and others around them. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with trembling hands, or a banker managing large sums of money are each at-risk of causing horrendous disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional course.

Listed below are a few warning signs that can really help in recognizing these time bombs:

1. They drink rather than eating.

Problem drinkers will regularly replace meals with a few drinks, lose interest in food altogether, or use mealtime as a reason to begin drinking.

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

Drinking alcohol regularly over a long period of time can trigger the physical body to become addicted to alcohol. Commonly high-functioning alcoholics are able to drink a good deal without having the same hangover that afflicts the not habitual drinker.

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

If an alcoholic is required to avoid consuming alcohol, his or her body commonly reacts negatively, as they are dependent on the sedative effects of alcohol. Abrupt quitting can trigger tension and anxiety, uneasiness, sweating, a rapid heart rate, and even seizures.

4. Their behavior patterns change dramatically while under the influence of alcohol.

Alcoholics may transform dramatically 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 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 memory loss or "blacking out" are common.

Many problem drinkers will participate in activities that they have no memory of the following day. They may not seem extremely intoxicated at the time, but they're not able to remember activities that occurred.

7. Efforts to discuss drinking habits are met with hostility and denial.

When confronted with matters surrounding their alcohol consumption, alcoholics will typically regress to denial or hostility, making a dialogue difficult.

8. They typically 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 rational explanation for their behavior. Stress and anxiety at work, troubles at home, or an abundance of social activities are common excuses to explain their damaging behavior.

9. They conceal their alcohol.

Many  alcoholic s will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a desk or in their vehicle. This type of hidden drinking is an enormous red flag and there is no other explanation for their actions apart from  alcoholism .

Let's try to keep our community productive, safe, and sober by always keeping our eyes open for problematic actions in order to get these troubled colleagues, family, and friends the help they need.

Symptoms 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 neighborhoods, and make a substantial income.

Just because they're high-functioning does not mean that they're immune to the repercussions of alcohol. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with unsteady hands, or a financier handling large amounts of money are each at-risk of inducing terrible disasters if they stay on their destructive path.
Tags: alcoholism

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