Many alcoholics avoid talking about their problem, even with close friends. Robert Tyndall came out about it to 20,000 of his coworkers.
Tyndall, a senior vice president at Prudential Financial, was forced to confront his years of daily drinking at a performance review in 2010. After some bad behavior at company functions, his boss warned him never to drink at a work event again. Mortified, Tyndall listened—for a while. But soon he slipped at another gathering. His second conversation with his boss was more blunt: “‘You need to get help, but I’ll have to fire you if you don’t,’” Tyndall recalls she said.