How To Deal With A High-Functioning Alcoholic?


When you are living with an alcoholic, who drinks excessively but manages to do what they are expected to do, they are known as a high-functioning alcoholic. In this type of situation, the alcoholic thinks that their brain activity will increase more when they consume alcohol. It becomes difficult to make them understand that their drinking habit is not good for their health. Those who are a high functioning alcoholic, they are unable to understand that their drinking habits affect others. They think that their drinking habit only affects themselves and they think they deserve to drink because they can do the hard work or they can work under stress even when they are drunk. They become more focused and high performing when they are drunk.

Things To Remember:

  • In most of the cases, it has been seen that high functioning alcoholic drinks only specific times. If you can limit their drinking habit, that will help them to control their drinking habits.
  • A high functioning alcoholic may ask for money from their dear ones and as they don’t behave like an alcoholic, unlike others family members fail to understand the fact and they can easily take financial support from their family.
  • In most of the cases, it has been seen that high-functioning alcoholics are not social and they prefer to stay alone when they are more capable. They might receive awards at work for their high performance at the same time they can be forgetful and forget an important date.
  • High-functioning alcoholics may face several challenges physiological and psychological. Depression, eating disorder or social phobia most commonly seen.

Functional alcoholics are hardworking and intelligent. You may not be able to understand that they are addicted to alcohol. But when you are living with a functioning alcoholic you will understand gradually about their drinking habit.

How To Deal?

When you are living with an alcoholic, you have to be extra cautious as you can be in an abusive relationship. You should never encourage drinking habit. Whenever you see, your partner or any of your family members addicted to alcohol you should talk to them when they are the normal state of mind.

If you are living with an alcoholic, they may give several reasons for their drinking habits, but you should never fall for it. Especially for high functioning alcoholics initially it becomes difficult to understand their addiction, but once you will realize you should never encourage their drinking habit.

You need to make them understand how much they mean to you and why they should stop drinking. You can discuss the bad effects of alcohol in the human body.

If you are unable to manage, you can consult with a doctor who will help to get rid of their alcoholic habit. You can find the right treatment plan which will help them to get over their drinking habit.

There are several ways which help your dear ones to get rid of your alcohol problem. You just need to follow the proper steps which can get you results within the short span of life.

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