There are at least two categories of people involved in alcoholism: functioning alcoholics (high functioning alcoholics) and individuals who struggle with living a normal life as a result of their alcoholism.
If you’re the loved one of someone in either group, it’s important that you know how to deal with an alcoholic effectively, with consideration to their symptoms and lifestyle, if you want to help them get well.
However, it is impossible to continue drinking heavily for a long period of time without suffering the physical and psychological consequences of alcoholism, such as liver disease, heart disease, neurological damage, cancer, or depression.
Many of the spouses, significant others, parents, and children of high-functioning alcoholics fall into the trap of codependency, protecting the alcoholic from the consequences of the disease.
They may hide their alcohol abuse for years without suffering any major losses.
But under the surface, this form of alcoholism can cause severe psychological and emotional damage to the alcoholic and his or her loved ones.
But if someone in your life has three or more alcoholic beverages per day (two or more for women), he or she is consuming more than the recommended amount.Many high-functioning alcoholics earn a good living and are able to support their families while continuing to drink.Intervening in the addictive behavior may be seen as a threat to the family’s financial security — even if the family must put up with emotional neglect or physical abuse.If you are involved with a functional alcoholic, you already know how painful it is to live with this disease.By getting help for yourself and your loved one, you may be able to avoid further consequences of alcoholism and build a healthier future for your family.