Highly functioning alcoholics are usually cocksure and believe that their drinking – however severe – doesn't bother anyone else and therefore they find no reason to discontinue. However, alcoholism comes with significant consequences that can't be avoided, regardless of how well a person handles their alcohol. These consequences include:
*Physical disease like gout, diabetes, high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver, arteriosclerosis, and heart disease. These alcohol-related diseases are what ultimately kill many highly functioning alcoholics.
*Highly functioning alcoholics no longer have the option to stop drinking on their own. Because detox from alcohol can be fatal, people who are trying to quit drinking must seek the help of a professional alcohol rehab center in order to minimize this risk with proper medication and treatment in a detox facility, ideally followed by enrolling in an inpatient substance abuse treatment program.
*Economic impact for daily drinkers can be devastating. Highly
functioning alcoholics can spend tens of thousands of dollars on alcohol alone and a great deal more than this on related healthcare expenses.
But while all of these consequences are severe, they often don't compare to the identity crisis that can develop after years of chronic drinking. People who have been drunk for a good portion of their lives suddenly realize they don't know who they are anymore. If this sounds like someone close to you and you want to get help for them right now, all you have to do is pick up the phone. Our Florida Inpatient Rehab Center hotline is staffed with caring professionals 24 hours per day to answer your questions during a free, confidential consultation. Don't wait – call us now.
Highly Functioning Alcoholics: Who's it Really Hurting? by DEBRA DAVIS