What is a High Functioning Alcoholic?

June 12th, 2018

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 888 833 4676.


It can be difficult to spot a high-functioning alcoholic but there are some signs to watch out for. They drink in the mornings. They drink before events where there will be alcohol. They finish others’ drinks. Their alcohol tolerance has significantly increased. They spend more time alone or sneak away during social events. They spend more time with others who drink heavily. They hide alcohol bottles in their office, basement, or study. Their spending habits change or they start experiencing financial issues. They are constantly finding excuses to drink such as a celebration, a bad day, a long work day, a weekend.

Exhibiting a combination of these behaviors could be a sign of high-functioning alcoholism. It is important to get help sooner rather than later. Do not wait for rock-bottom.

If you or anyone you know has a problem, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 1 800 762 5433.

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