High Functioning Alcoholics

Many of us have heard of and used the term “high-functioning alcoholic” from time to time.  What is considered a high functioning alcoholic? The term can be loosely defined, but most of the time a high functioning alcoholic is a person that drinks heavily and constantly on a regular basis, yet most people in the life of the drinker are not aware that there is a problem. Highly functioning alcoholics typically do not let their alcoholism interfere with their ability to carry on normal daily activities, are able to perform adequately at their jobs, remain free from legal and financial troubles, and maintain interpersonal relationships. However, because they are able to maintain an air of normalcy while drinking with no visible effects, they often take greater risks than many people, such as drinking on the job, drinking around their children, or driving while under the influence.

Although high functioning alcoholics are able to maintain normalcy to some degree, most often the people in their life closest to them are affected by their drinking, especially their children.  An alcoholic or especially multiple alcoholics in a family can have extremely detrimental effects on the overall family life.  When a child grows up with a high-functioning alcoholic as a parent, alcohol abuse becomes commonplace to them.  Heavy high-functioning alcoholics also often face economic strains due to their drinking; alcohol is expensive, and often time’s heavy drinkers are unaware of how much money they spend on alcohol. High functioning alcoholics are at great risk of potentially fatal health consequences, including cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, heart disease, gout, high blood pressure and other serious conditions.  If you or someone you know is a high-functioning alcoholic, Passages can help.


Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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