Dry Drunk Syndrome – Signs and Symptoms
Simply put, a “dry drunk” is somebody recovering from alcoholism who has successfully abstained from drinking for a period of time but still displays the same dysfunctional behaviors they had when they were using. The term is believed to have originated from the Twelve-Step Program and Alcoholics Anonymous. In some ways, the term can refer to physical characteristics. For example, someone who is a “dry drunk” may wobble, stumble or slur their speech as if they were intoxicated even if they’ve been sober for weeks. On the behavioral side of the spectrum, a dry drunk may lash out at their families, put their professional lives in jeopardy or make impulsive, damaging life decisions.
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