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Signs that You May be a High-Functioning Alcoholic

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘alcoholic’? 


For many people, the stereotypical image of an alcoholic is someone who spends all their time drinking at the local pub, with an unkempt appearance and inability to hold down a job.

The truth is, people struggling with alcohol addiction often appear to have it all together.  They may have a successful career, valuable role in the community, loving family and groomed appearance, but have a toxic and destructive relationship with alcohol.

Many high-functioning alcoholics lead a compartmentalised life that allows them to hide their addiction.  In fact, this high functionality lends itself to denial, which can be a barrier to seeking treatment for alcohol addiction.


So how do you know if you are a high-functioning alcoholic?  Some signs include:

  • Replacing food with alcohol
  • Building tolerance
  • Becoming restless or irritable when not drinking
  • Inability to stop at just one drink
  • Frequent blackouts or memory loss
  • Changes in behaviour when drinking
  • Always finding a reason to drink
  • Hiding or sneaking drinks
  • Your friends or family have tried to talk to you about your drinking habits

Do these sound familiar?  Read more on Signs that You May be a High-Functioning Alcoholic here.

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