How to Spot a High-Functioning #1stresponder Alcoholic

By Safe Call Now Admin

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 19.5% of alcoholics in the United States belong to a subtype known as “functional.” These individuals tend to be middle-aged and well-educated with stable jobs and families. About one-third have a multigenerational family history of alcoholism and about one-quarter have a depressive illness sometime in their lives. But what else do we know about these individuals? How do you spot a high-functioning first responder alcoholic?

What Is a High-Functioning First Responder Alcoholic?

Despite the fact that high-functioning first responder alcoholics share many of the same symptoms as traditional alcoholics, they are better at hiding the problem. Their lives seem to be in order (both personally and professionally), but in reality, they’re losing control. Their ability to function in society and at home impairs their judgement and many can’t accept or admit they have a problem. This means that high-functioning first responder alcoholics rarely get the help they need as they actually start to need it.

So how can you tell if a first responder is an alcoholic? Here are 7 symptoms to look for:

  1. They start coming up with reasons or excuses to justify their heavy alcohol use.
  2. They set limitations for themselves but frequently surpass that limit.
  3. They lose interest in activities and stop socializing with friends when alcohol isn’t involved.
  4. They start replacing food or meals with alcohol, and start sneaking and hiding it from others.
  5. Their behaviors start to change and they become more aggressive or impulsive when they drink.
  6. They start frequently experiencing blackouts.
  7. They drink in the morning to avoid feeling hungover or experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

It’s only a matter of time before most of these high-functioning first responder alcoholics break. And once a first responder loses control, it’s hard to get it back. Maybe a first responder has been lucky enough to avoid serious problems so far, but everyone’s luck runs out. Get them the help they need before that happens.  Safe Call Now’s here for you 24/7 Nationwide.  #1stresponder to #1stresponder.

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