Here, on Abovethelaw.com, Brian Cuban presents that data. He also questions the concept of the "high-functioning alcoholic."
Essentially Lewis was considered as one of those high-functioning players. He worked hard and played hard. However, Cuban wonders if anyone who has passed over the line to alcoholic drinking can truly be high-functioning.
Well, in my experience in both professional life and in recovery, I have observed that the ability of someone who drinks alcoholically to perform well in work depends on many factors.
The major one is the amount of stress in the work environment.
Until a crisis in the oil industry, my direct boss in executive communications continued to please the chief executive officer and party seven nights a week at local clubs. If he ever arrived at the office late he always had a credible cover story. No one had grounds to "report" him.
When the oil industry became unhinged, that boss couldn't handle all the extra work and drink as much as he then needed to in order to calm his inner tension. He did what most alcoholics do when they sense they are losing control: He himself pulled the plug. There are many ways to do that. They range from breaking a corporate rule to driving drunk into a tree.
Had the workplace not changed he could have navigated his way to retirement. It's then that he might have finally lost control.
In 12-step programs we bear witness to that all the time: Retirees drinking themselves to death.
Recent research confirms that those over-65 have been doing plenty of binge drinking.
So, yes, there does seem to be the professional who can balance a demanding career and alcoholic drinking. However, those are mostly operating in a stable work environment. When there are significant shifts their balancing acts usually fall apart.
It was when I changed jobs and cities that I got it that I couldn't work hard and play hard. It was 1981. I entered a 12-step program. And that was that.
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