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While alcoholism is a devastating condition that can destroy lives, some people who battle with it manage to hold down big responsibilities and stressful jobs. From the outside, these so-called high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive nice cars, live in great neighborhoods, and make a significant income.

Just because they're high-functioning doesn't mean that they're immune to the repercussions of alcohol. They're still in danger of hurting themselves and others around them. For instance, a pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with shaky hands, or a banker managing large amounts of money are each at-risk of triggering horrible disasters if they stay on their dysfunctional path.

Below are alcoholism quotes that can really help in recognizing these time bombs:

1. They consume alcohol instead of eating food.

Alcoholics will regularly replace meals with a couple of drinks, lose interest in food completely, or use mealtime as justification to start consuming alcohol.

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

Drinking alcohol regularly over a substantial period of time can cause the physical body to become dependent on alcohol. Often high-functioning alcoholics are able to drink a great deal without the same hangover that afflicts the not habitual drinker.

3. Not drinking makes them irritable, jittery, or uncomfortable.

If an alcoholic is forced to abstain from drinking, his or her physical body often responds negatively, as they depend on the sedative effects of alcohol. Abrupt quitting can induce tension and anxiety, nervousness, perspiration, a rapid heart rate, and even seizures.

4. Their behavior patterns change noticeably while under the influence of booze.

Alcoholics may transform significantly when they drink. A typically mild-mannered individual may become aggressive, or make careless decisions.

5. They cannot have just two drinks.

An alcoholic has a problem quiting, and may even finish others' drinks. Alcohol will certainly never be left on the table, and there is always a pretext for one more round.

6. Periods of amnesia or "blacking out" are common.

Many problem drinkers will take part in activities that they have no memory of the following day. They may not appear significantly drunk at the moment, but they're not able to remember events that took place.

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

When faced with problems involving their alcohol consumption, alcoholics will typically regress to denial or aggression, making conversation difficult.

8. They typically have a good reason for why they drink.

Most alcoholics will have a seemingly rational explanation for their behavior if flat denial or hostility is not the chosen method of avoidance. Stress 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 alcoholics will drink alone, or sneak drinks from a bottle in a desk or in their car. This kind of covert drinking is a significant red flag and there is no other explanation for their actions aside from alcohol dependence.

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

Indications of a High Functioning Alcoholic

From the outside, these supposed high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive nice cars, live in great communities, and make a substantial income.

Just because they're high-functioning doesn't mean that they're invulnerable to the repercussions of alcohol. A pilot nursing a hangover, a surgeon with trembling hands, or a banker handling considerable amounts of money are each at-risk of causing terrible disasters if they stay on their destructive path.

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