Would you consider yourself a functioning alcoholic when you were still drinking? A functioning alcoholic is someone who is still able to get up, go to work, and complete daily tasks while not staying sober. I would imagine that it is easier to stay in denial this way, because your mind probably tells you that you are still doing everything you need to do! Even though they refer to it as "functioning" do you really think you were functioning, or just getting by? What I'm trying to say is, do you think that you were just doing routine behavior and getting it done, versus doing things to the best of your ability? I wonder how functioning people can truly be while not sober. From what I hear at meetings though, it seems like people can get quite a lot done!