Functional alcoholism: The alarming signs to watch out for

Ever wondered if your casual drinking could actually mean you're an alcoholic in disguise? These are the tell-tale signs of functional alcoholism.

You might not realise it, but drinking regularly might actually be a sign that you suffer from alcoholism. One of the hardest parts in detecting such a problem is introspecting deep within to admit to ourselves that we might very well have a problem.

What does it mean to be a functional alcoholic?

What exactly is functional alcoholism? In a nutshell, it entails being able to complete daily tasks and responsibilities despite struggling with alcoholism. This can include, being able to go to work and do your job or take care of your family, all the while having a full-blown addiction to alcohol. Health and addiction specialist Martin Preston explains that:

With few apparent negative consequences, a functioning alcoholic is unlikely to want to change whilst they feel they still have time. Alcohol addiction is at the chronic end of the spectrum of alcohol use disorders for which there is no cure.

And added:

It can, however, be successfully treated and the sooner treatment is undertaken the better for the individual concerned and their loved ones.

What are the signs to watch out for?

The following list includes some tell-tale sings that you or a person you know might be a functional alcoholic. If such is the case, make sure you or that person seek(s) the appropriate medical help needed for a full recovery. The signs to watch out for include:

  • Always having booze on hand
  • Drinking at odd hours of the day
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Denial
  • Loss of memory
  • Making questionable decisions
  • Losing control
  • Regular binge-drinking
  • Consuming drugs in conjunction with alcohol
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