Functional Alcoholism 101

When you think of an alcoholic, you may think of someone on the street drinking from a bottle wrapped in brown paper, but most alcoholics are still functional members of society. While some people don’t try to hide their problem, others may take extreme efforts to hide their alcoholism from the outside world. Secret alcohol abuse means a person can struggle with alcoholism for years with only their closest friends and family knowing about the problem. This type of alcoholism, commonly referred to as functional alcoholism, is common and is just as dangerous as more obvious forms of addiction.

What Does a Functional Alcoholic Look Like?

The functional alcoholic has a problem like anyone else suffering from an addiction, but it may be harder to spot if you don’t know what to look for. Obviously the first thing to look for in a functional alcoholic is if he or she is a heavy drinker. Functional alcoholics are typically heavy drinkers but can hold their liquor better than most which is why many people are not aware they have a problem. Many activities they take part in may center around drinking, and functional alcoholics may make jokes about their drinking in order to make themselves feel better about their choice to drink. Although a functional alcoholic strives to feel control over the situation, he or she is unable to stop drinking without professional help.

Who Is a Functional Alcoholic?

Anyone can become a functional alcoholic. A functional alcoholic may be one of the most successful or driven people you meet, and he or she may never show up late or miss work. A functional alcoholic may be one of the most quick-witted people you know, and he or she may be the life of the party. If you notice unhealthy drinking patterns in a friend or family member, don’t ignore the possibility of an alcohol abuse problem. Talk to your loved one, and talk to addiction professionals.

Functional Alcoholism Can Be Treated

If you are struggling with functional alcoholism or suspect a loved one is a functional alcohol, we can help. Our toll-free helpline is here for you 24 hours a day. Alcoholism doesn’t need to hold you back, and with professional addiction treatment you can kick the habit for good. We can talk to you about the various types of treatment available and how they can be covered by your insurance. Give us a call now to learn more about functional alcoholism and how you can remove it from your life.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email