According to the Mayo Clinic, The clinical definition of alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. An alcohol abuse disorder refers to a long-term addiction to alcohol . Meaning that a person with this condition does not know when or how to stop drinking. They spend a lot of time thinking about alcohol, and they cannot control how much they consume, even if it is causing serious problems at home, work, and financially. It’s important to understand that an alcoholic does not always drink on a daily basis. Alcoholism is characterized by the inability to control the intake of alcohol.
But if you are an “alcoholic” does it necessarily mean that you are unable to control your daily responsibilities? Does it mean you are unable to function fully? The truth of the matter is that there are many functioning alcoholics which can make it difficult to accept there is a present alcohol use disorder. Here are just a few signs of a functioning alcoholic;
Drinking at every event/occasion/situation
Drinking alcohol to cope
Drinking more than intended
Signs of a Withdrawal
Have you noticed any of these physical symptoms recently; Irritability, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, headache, dizziness, sweating, mood swings, and or depression? These can be a few common withdrawal symptoms that could also be a contributing excuse to continue drinking as frequently as you have been to help “manage” these symptoms. It’s important to pay attention to these physical and emotional symptoms to identify the severity of the alcohol use.
While high functioning alcoholics may be able to hold down a good job and maintain their finances and avoid alcohol-related legal issues, they are still putting their health and well-being at risk. Many functional alcoholics are in denial of their problem with alcohol abuse and addiction. Some say that alcohol helps them be more sociable. They may make excuses and even joke about their drinking habits. Eventually the drinking habits will begin to affect the individual in a negative manner whether its physically, emotionally, or mentally it can catch up with you. There are resources available to help. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. Therefore It is important that you speak to a medical professional when you are looking for help.