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Signs that You May be a High-Functioning Alcoholic

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

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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.

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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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