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A little bit of stress every now and then can be good for you. It keeps the brain alert and fortifies the immune system. Too much stress, on the other hand, can be a killer. A shocking new study from Stanford University and the Harvard Business School finds that stress on the job can damage one’s health just as much as exposure to secondhand smoke.
It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true: People earning more than $75,000 per year drink more alcohol than any other economic group. About 81 percent of these high earners consume alcohol on at least a semi-regular basis, and while the majority of them drink in moderation, a sizeable minority will eventually fall victim to the disease of addiction.
It’s easy to tell that you’re an alcoholic when drinking causes you to become unable to hold a job or keep a job, or when it causes you to have major health problems or legal problems. It’s not quite as easy to acknowledge that you have a problem when you are very successful in your career, particularly when you make six figures.
An alcoholic who is able to be successful in his or her career or family life in spite of drinking too much is known as a functional alcoholic or a high-functioning alcoholic. This type of person appears so productive and responsible that the people in his or her life probably overlook the drinking problem.
Twenty percent of alcoholics could be labeled high-functioning alcoholics, according to a recent article on alcoholism. What exactly is a high-functioning alcoholic? What separates this 20 percent of drinkers from the rest of the alcoholic demographic? Can an alcoholic ever really be classified as high-functioning?
The high-functioning alcoholic is the alcoholic who doesn’t look like one. These men and women aren’t bums. They aren’t panhandling for money to get their daily fix or locked up in their darkened dens drinking the day away. They’re clean cut, dressed in suits, sitting in corner offices and generally filling the office buildings of our country. They drive sporty cars, live in nice houses, have spouses and children and hold positions of esteem within their companies and communities.
It has been suggested that about half of alcoholics can be described as high-functioning alcoholics. These are people who maintain careers, raise a family, and have plenty of friends – all the while drinking alcoholically. These people are very adept at disguising abusive drinking and because the outer trappings of their lives indicate success, they tend to have strong denial about the problem.
Most of us don’t think of doctors, lawyers, psychologists, and professors as likely alcoholics, but as many of half of all alcoholics are high-functioning types with respectable, stable, and high-paying jobs. High-functioning alcoholics are usually able to balance their home and family lives with work and other responsibilities, all the while suffering from alcoholism and putting themselves and those around them in danger.