UNDERSTANDING HIGH-FUNCTIONING ALCOHOLICS
A “high-functioning alcoholic” is someone who habitually drinks an unhealthy amount of alcohol while maintaining some level of professional and personal success.
He or she might hold down a job and have a family despite an underlying struggle with alcohol addiction.
High-functioning alcoholics often hide the severity of their abuse from friends and loved ones.
Many high-functioning alcoholics will deny their struggle with alcohol addiction. Some might even think alcohol helps them achieve success by making them more social or charming. High-functioning alcoholics are often unaware of their behavior’s impact on those closest to them.
It is important to understand that these people’s achievements are earned in spite of — not because of — alcohol use. Regardless of personal success, prolonged alcohol abuse carries serious health risks and poses many negative consequences. Call now if you or someone you care about is struggling with an alcohol addiction.