What is a functioning alcoholic & are you one?
What is a functional alcoholic? Well, this type of problem drinker often consumes just as much alcohol as any fully blown alcoholic; they just don’t exhibit the outward symptoms of dependence.
This is because they have developed a tolerance for alcohol to the point that it takes so much more for them to feel the effects.
Consequently, they must drink increasingly larger amounts to get the high they crave.
This slow build-up of alcohol tolerance means the functional alcoholic is drinking at dangerous levels, which can result in alcohol-related organ damage, cognitive impairment and alcohol dependence.
These chronic heavy drinkers can display a functional tolerance to the point that they show few obvious signs of intoxication, even at high blood alcohol concentrations, which in others would be incapacitating.
In the mid 90’s, Steve McFadden, a popular British soap opera actor, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
He had consumed nine double vodkas before getting behind the wheel of his car. While to most people this would be enough to knock them out for the night, he decided to fight the prosecution on the grounds that he had an unusually high tolerance to alcohol.
The courts witnessed the bizarre scene of a man consuming such a vast amount of drink and still appearing to be completely sober.
The judge obviously bought the argument as the actor was banned for just 18 months, a very light sentence for such a large blood alcohol reading.
You need to change what alcoholic means to you, it doesn’t mean you must accept being a social outcast or that the condition is permanent.
What is a functioning alcoholic?
You are not weak willed but you are also not safe
Alcoholism isn’t a figment of your imagination, and I will keep confirming for you that you are not weak willed or in any way a failure because of this problem.
A statement which frequently predicts the response, ‘how come I can’t just open a bottle of wine and have one glass with my meal?’ or ‘why can’t I ever just have one, like my friends appear to be able to do?’
If alcoholics were weak willed individuals, wouldn’t that flaw in their personality apply to all areas of their life?
If there is really such a thing as an addictive personality then logic would dictate that the condition would apply to all areas and all alcoholics would also be obese, gambling addicted, heroin injecting, glue sniffers.
Just because your drinking pattern does not match that of the stereotypical ‘alcoholic’ does not mean you are safe to continue.
If you are waking up most mornings regretting how much you drank the night before – this is a wake up call!
You need to take action and take action now!
Here’s the slap in the face. If you are searching for what is a functioning alcoholic – you probably already are one! People who don’t have a problem with something, never think about it.
If you can decide now and join my online quit drinking program you will discover the whole process is a lot easier and more painless than you ever imagined.