Am I a High-Functioning Alcoholic? Know the Signs

How can you tell whether regular drinking is actually problem drinking? High-functioning alcoholics may not seem to need help at first. WebMD tells more.

High-Functioning Alcoholic, Functional Alcoholic

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What may be considered heavy drinking ? For women, it’s having more than three drinks a day or seven a week. For men, it's four or more per day or 14 a week.

How can you tell whether regular drinking is actually problem drinking ? High-functioning alcoholics may not seem to need help at first. WebMD tells more.

.” It's a condition that ranges from mild to moderate to severe. And it’s all still problem drinking, even if you think it's “mild.”might not act the way you would expect him to act, Benton says. He might be responsible and productive. He could even be a high achiever or in a position of power. In fact, his success might lead people to overlook his drinking.

What Are the Signs?Say you have a problem or joke about alcoholismHave legal problems related to drinking, such as a DUI arrestGet drunk when you don’t intend to

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signs of a high functioning alcoholic . Although it’s now officially called “alcohol use disorder,” you’ll still hear a lot of people talking about “alcoholism” or “ .” It's a condition that ranges from mild to moderate to severe. And it’s all still problem drinking, even if you think it's “mild.” In Denial? alcoholic might not act the way you would expect him to act, Benton says. He might be responsible and productive. He could even be a high achiever or in a position of power. In fact, his success might lead people to overlook his drinking. He could also be in denial. He might think, “I have a great job, pay my bills, and have lots of friends; therefore I am not an alcoholic,” Benton says. Or he might make excuses like, “I only drink expensive wine” or “I haven’t lost everything or suffered setbacks because of drinking.” But he isn’t doing fine, says Robert Huebner, PhD, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. No one, he warns, “can drink heavily and maintain major responsibilities over long periods of time. If someone drinks heavily, it is going to catch up with them.” What Are the Signs? What is heavy drinking? For women, it’s having more than three drinks a day or seven a week. For men, it's four or more per day or 14 a week. If you drink more than the daily or weekly limit, you’re at risk. That's not the only way to tell if you or someone you care about needs help. There are some other red flags. You might: Say you have a problem or joke about alcoholism Not keep up with major responsibilities at home, work, or school Lose friendships or have relationship problems due to drinking, but you don’t quit alcohol Have legal problems related to drinking, such as a DUI arrest Need alcohol to relax or feel confident Drink in the morning or when you’re alone Get drunk when you don’t intend to Forget what you did while drinking Deny drinking, hide alcohol, or get angry when confronted about drinking Cause loved ones to worry about or make excuses for your drinking Continued Risks Functional alcoholics may seem to be in control, Benton says, but they may put themselves or others in danger by drinking and driving, having risky sexual encounters, or blacking out. Heavy drinking has a lot of other risks. It can lead to