5 Symptoms of a Functional Alcoholic

5 Symptoms of a Functional Alcoholic

Updated: Mar 26, 2019


In this video, we're going to cover the top 5 symptoms of a functional alcoholic.


The person I'm describing when I say "functional alcoholic" is one that has a drinking problem that seems from the outside is functioning well but on the inside there is definitely something going wrong. Alcohol abuse can create a myriad of problems. This abuse can spiral out of control and not only cause heartache for the alcoholic, but everyone around them. It's important to remember that a functional alcoholic is only ONE step away from being a non-functional alcoholic.


What are the signs/symptoms?


Symptom #1:

You have a hard time relaxing and enjoying yourself without the involvement of alcohol. Example: It's hard to play or enjoy your family without drinking. Another example: a student in college not going to a party unless alcohol is involved.


Symptom #2:

If you have a hard time remembering what happened after drinking and paranoid about what stories people will tell you happened the next day, you may be having black outs, which is a major sign of alcoholism.


Symptom #3:

Making promises to yourself/others about cutting down on drinking. Guess what? People that don't have a problem with alcohol don't have conversations like this and make promises like that.


Symptom #4:

The people closest to you start to notice and ask you to change or give you some ultimatums to change. This usually happens as your alcoholism progresses.


Symptom #5:

Avoiding conversations about drinking. Or lying about the amount of consumption. Sneak drinking is a big one. Denial is powerful.


If you're thinking you have to hit a rock bottom before you get help, that's so far from the truth. If you've identified with any of these symptoms, you might want to take a deeper look into this issue. The earlier you spot the signs of functional alcoholism, the sooner you can get treatment.


Amber Hollingsworth,

Hope for Families Recovery Center





Hope For Families Recovery Center for Addiction Counseling

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