HFA = High Functioning Alcoholic

Personal Health – High Functioning, but Still Alcoholics – NYTimes.com

Knowing the Signs

In the interview, Ms. Benton listed several characteristics that can help people recognize themselves as high-functioning alcoholics:

¶They have trouble controlling their intake even after deciding that they will drink no more alcohol than a given amount.

¶They find themselves thinking obsessively about drinking — when and where and with whom they will drink next.

¶When they drink, they behave in ways that are uncharacteristic of their sober self.

¶They experience blackouts, unable to remember what took place during a drinking bout.

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