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Since childhood, our parents and teachers have implemented in our minds a picture of the consequences of drinking excessive alcohol. That picture is a homeless, dirty, and poor man; a lonely man who has lost everything he had. That image has created a stereotype. For our society, the typical alcoholic is characteristically an old homeless man that has poor attendance at work, drinks every day and hour by himself, and is unable to succeed in his career. But there is much evidence that shows us the completely opposite type of alcoholic. Studies conducted show the majority of alcoholics are high– functioning persons. Sarah Benton describes high-functioning alcoholics as “[being] able to maintain his or her outside life, such as a job, home, family, and friendships, all while drinking alcoholically” (Benton par. 2). The stereotypes created by society have a dangerous effect; they make real high–functioning alcoholics unable to identify their addiction because they do not fit the typical alcoholic stereotype. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism conducted a landmark study in 2007 that showed only nine percent of all alcoholics fit the category of the “typical” alcoholic (Benton par. 1). Sarah Allen Benton received a master of science degree from Northeastern University and works as a mental health counselor in Emmanuel College in Boston. She is a very successful woman which most of us would not considered to be a victim of alcoholism. But just as the aforementioned study shows, she falls in the large group of high functioning alcoholics. She has been a recovered
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