Is It Possible to Be a Functional Alcohol User?

Is It Possible to Be a Functional Alcohol User?Many people drink alcohol socially and can control their consumption. However, others find themselves craving alcohol strongly and frequently. It’s easy to deny an addiction problem if you’re able to hold a job and function in society. It is possible to appear normal, but to have signs of alcoholism simultaneously.

Alcoholics who can function at work will have variant drinking patterns. Some remain sober during the day, but come home from work, begin drinking, and drink all evening. Others sneak drinks throughout the day or have a drink or two in the morning before they leave home. Functional alcoholics can drink heavily but show no sign of drunkenness. This is due to their high tolerance: their bodies have strongly adapted to alcohol’s effects. Tolerance leads to dependence, in which alcoholics must consume larger and larger amounts of alcohol to avoid withdrawal symptoms and to feel normal.

Unfortunately, addiction is a progressive disease and functional alcoholics don’t stay functional forever. Even when people seem to handle alcohol without significant problems, internal organ damage is likely occurring. People often underestimate how alcohol damages the livers and brain until it is too late.

Signs of Alcoholism

Denial is a part of alcoholism, so if you suspect that you have a problem with alcohol, there’s a good chance you’re right. The following questions can help you determine if you have a problem:

  • Do you think about drinking while you’re at work?
  • Do you regularly drink immediately after work?
  • If you get stuck at work do you get more agitated and irritable than most people?
  • Do you often consume your first drink or two after work very quickly?
  • Are all your friends drinkers?
  • When you drink with friends do you drink more than they do?
  • Do you always finish your drinks?
  • Do you drink before going to social engagements?
  • Do you avoid social activities where there won’t be alcohol?
  • Do you reward yourself with alcohol?
  • Do you often drink more than you had planned?
  • Do you have difficulty imagining life without alcohol?

How to Treat Alcoholism

If you’ve developed an alcohol problem, your body and brain know it whether or not those around you do. The consequences will continue to rise. Don’t wait until alcohol dependence is obvious to everyone. The sooner the problem is addressed, the easier it is to treat.

Help for Alcoholism

We can help you find a treatment option that’s right for you. Call our toll-free helpline and let us help you sort through your options. We can even check your health insurance for you to determine your addiction treatment coverage. We’re available 24 hours a day, so there’s never a wrong time to call. Call now before your alcohol problems grow and become more obvious to everyone.