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Tips to Understand Alcoholism

Early-stage alcoholism can be so deceptive that even the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) dedicates considerable space online to helping supervisors understand it. The goal is to help employees earlier rather than losing them because of performance or attendance issues. Ironically, early-stage alcoholism is not necessarily characterized by noticeable problems with alcohol, due to the tolerance and adaptation often seen in those who have this disease. Early-stage alcoholics may experience the same or even higher social and occupational functioning than their peers for a period of time. It’s later that the pattern reverses. Past drinking efficiency wanes, and problems grow worse. The good news with early-stage alcoholism is about its treatability. A shorter history of problems and less practice at denial and defending drinking can make accepting the diagnosis easier. Are you concerned about your drinking pattern? The company EAP or a knowledgeable counselor can help. Source: Office of Personnel Management

UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.


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