John C. Umhau, MD, MPH, CPE is board-certified in addiction medicine and preventative medicine. For over 20 years Dr. Umhau was a senior clinical investigator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In a recent study by The Recovery Village, 44% of respondents reported abusing alcohol in an attempt to ease uncomfortable feelings that stem from underlying anxiety. The percent alcohol by volume (alc/vol) for distilled spirits is listed on bottle labels and may be found online as well.
Even though they continuously go through this cycle, they still refuse to seek treatment. This is part of their personality where they feel like they can handle their drinking on their own without getting help from others. When they know other people are going to be around, high-functioning alcoholics may sneak a drink early, drink before going out to the bar or club, or drink alone. They also may sneak drinks from a bottle in their desk or car.
Social Security & Medicare
Alcohol misuse can impact every aspect of your life in ways you may not expect. All Federal Employee Health Benefit Plans have some kind of coverage; however, that coverage is limited. The EAP counselor and the employee benefits representative will have information on health benefits coverage. Employees should direct any questions to one of these resources.
Alcoholics develop a very powerful urge to drink which they are eventually unable to control. As the alcoholic’s tolerance increases along with the physical dependence, the alcoholic loses his or her ability to control drinking and craves alcohol. One basic characteristic of the middle stage is physical dependence. In the early stage, the alcoholic’s tolerance to greater amounts of alcohol is increasing.
An employee who is physically resisting should be dealt with by agency security or local police. The employee should not be sent home alone or allowed to drive. It would be appropriate to consider having a family member take the employee home. There could be some serious liability issues involved here so it is important to sober house consult with Human Resources, Employee Relations, and the legal counsel’s office. The counselor may be able to assist in any immediate assessment or may be at least able to talk to the client immediately. Even if the EAP counselor is unable to see the employee immediately, EAP personnel should be informed of the situation.
- The more symptoms you have, the more urgent the need for change.
- Also, a healthy diet can help undo damage alcohol may have done to the person’s health, like weight gain or loss.
- Alcohol addiction treatment should always begin with medical detox.
- Alcohol is, without question, the most commonly used and abused substance in the United States.
- The minute they feel frustrated or stressed about something, they want a drink.