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An “Addictive Personality”- The Alcoholic’s Convenient Myth

People addicted to alcohol drink compulsively and often claim to have an addictive personality. It is a convenient myth. […]

Alcoholic Neuropathy: Signs and Symptoms

Excessive drinking, usually over years, can lead to nerve damage. Alcoholic neuropathy often shows up first as clumsiness and uncoordinated movement. […]

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? The Facts Might Surprise You

Jackie asked me how many drinks could her husband have in a day before she should worry. She says he drinks three or four beers in the evening on work nights and a lot more on weekends when he doesn’t have to go to work the next day. She thinks he may be a functioning alcoholic. […]

The Functioning Alcoholic and Achievement: Part Two


Part Two of The Functioning Alcoholic In The Functioning Alcoholic: Gaps in Functioning I argued that doing one’s job is not one’s only function in life. For the alcoholic to consider himself to be “functioning” he has to function in various areas of life, not just on the job.  In part two of this series, I […] […]

The Functioning Alcoholic: Gaps in Functioning?


As drinking and driving becomes less tolerated, many communities have volunteer programs, as well as paid services, to get people home safely if they’ve been drinking and shouldn’t drive. Their existence is a reminder that parties, family gatherings, weddings and other celebrations push up alcohol consumption. A few of all the people celebrating will already be […] […]