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Objects in Mirror: June 19, 2009 Archive

Discussing high functioning alcoholism

Posted at 3:17 PM on June 19, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

Our online discussion inspired by Midmorning's show about hidden alcoholism has opened the door for some incredibly powerful - and personal - stories. One example:

"My parents were such, high functioning scientists who never missed a day of work, but my late father was out cold on the floor at times, and way too buzzed. And that was the least of it.

At the time, he was considered a social drinker. By the 80s, that would be considered heavy drinking, but I think I surprised some of my family in December by saying, well, you know he was an alcoholic. I think I surprised my stepbrother.

5 fifths of Rye a week plus beer. What the hay else do you call drinking that much? Alcoholism."
- Kathryn E

How would you recognize a High Functioning Alcoholic (HFA)? Would you confront the individual? What are the relationships costs and risks for HFAs? Join the online discussion to read and share your thoughts.

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