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Can an alcoholic be high functioning?

An alcoholic can be high functioning. A high-functioning alcoholic is a person who fits the criteria for an alcoholic (based on amount and frequency of alcohol consumption) but is able to maintain a job and relationships. This is not the stereotypical alcoholic who is unemployed and lives on the street, but a high-functioning alcoholic is still at the same risk as the homeless alcoholic for developing health problems related to the alcohol (cirrhosis, heart problems, etc.).

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