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http://www.abajournal.com/news/high-functioning_alcoholic_lawyers_may_defy_stereotypes http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-high-functioning-alcoholic/200901/characteristics- high-functioning-alcoholics http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/health/05brod.html http://collegetimes.us/high-functioning-alcoholics/ Benton, Sarah A. "Characteristics of High-Functioning Alcoholics." Web log post.  Psychology Today . 21 Jan. 2009. Web. 24 Sept. 2009. Brody, Jane E. "High Functioning, but Still Alcoholics."  The New York Times . 4 May  2009. Web. 24 Sept. 2009. Weiss, Debra C. “High-Functioning Alcoholic Lawyers May Defy Stereotypes.”  ABAJournal. 14 Apr. 2009. 23 Sept. 2009. Wolpaw, Jed. "High Functioning Alcoholics." Web log post.  College Times.  20 May 2009.  24 Sept. 2009. Lawyers and other professionals who are high-functioning alcoholics may defy the  stereotypes— that alcoholics can’t maintain a career or care for their families, or that  alcoholics always drink alone. Personality traits such as  perfectionism, overachiever tendencies and a workaholic  nature may help high-functioning alcoholics succeed professionally despite their  disease, according to mental health counselor Sarah Allen Benton, writing in the  Complete Lawyer . She writes that it’s important for alcoholic lawyers to reach out for  help, even though they may appear successful. Benton cites statistics from a study in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry  that found problem drinking in 18 percent of lawyers who practiced for 2 to 20 years and  in  25 percent of lawyers who practiced for 20 years or more. High-functioning alcoholics may be well-respected, but they experience a craving to  drink more after one alcoholic drink, they obsess about their next drinking opportunity,  they display personality changes when intoxicated, and they repeat unwanted drinking  patterns and behaviors, according to the story. The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs  can refer lawyers  with addiction  problems to groups that can help.
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Alcoholics have poor attendance at work. Alcoholics drink every day. Alcoholics are  mostly old men. Alcoholics are usually homeless. Alcoholics are unable to do well in  their careers. Alcoholics always drink in the morning. These are just a few of the  stereotypes  about alcoholics which are pervasive throughout  society.  These stereotypes increase denial and prevent many alcoholics from getting  proper diagnosis and treatment. High-functioning alcoholics (HFAs) defy these  stereotype and often go undetected because they do not fit the image of the "typical"  alcoholic. The term "high-functioning alcoholic" is one that most people seem to 
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