The Dry Drunk can be a problem to themselves and others.
Alcoholics Anonymous informally refers to the alcoholic who has stopped drinking, but who still demonstrates similar alcoholic attitudes and behaviors, as a “dry drunk.”
They say that such an individual has abstinence but not sobriety.
It appears on almost all of the Web sites devoted to the different addictions, although characteristics of the dry drunk syndrome differ widely from site to site.
Most often mentioned are:
(3) irritability, anger;
(4) grandiosity, pomposity, an inflated ego;
(5) an inability to delay gratification, impatience and impulsivity;
(7) being a workaholic, other compulsive behaviors, tunnel vision, a lack of balance;
(8) intolerance, rigidity, being overly judgmental;
(9) nostalgia toward or romanticizing of one’s drinking or drug use;
(10) emotional constriction, lack of spontaneity, failure to enjoy life; and -
(11) generally being restless, irritable and discontent.