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June 6, 2018 – On the surface, the behavior of alcoholics and binge drinkers appears very similar: excessive drinking and the inability to control their drinking,” Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC, Vice President of clinical outreach at Newport Academy, tells Bustle. “Both types may appear to be the life of the party, even though the mechanisms underlying the drinking are different. Furthermore, binge drinking and alcoholism (even high-functioning alcoholism) have very similar short-term consequences, including greater risk of accidents, death, violence, and injury; and long-term consequences, including damage to relationships, serious health conditions, and a greater risk of legal problems.” Although they can look the same, these two conditions do have their own distinguishing features. Here are five differences between binge drinking and high-functioning alcoholism, according to experts.

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