You sound very much like a good friend of mine when it comes to drinking patterns. He doesn't drink regularly but when he does he binges and all hell breaks loose, resulting in family fights, hospitalizations or waking up in jail, not to mention that he's banned from more bars than I can count on two hands because of his behaviour. However, I wouldn't call him an alcoholic since he doesn't possess the need to drink daily or weekly. Rather, I would call him a problem drinker. Anyways its not up to me to slap labels on people. I don't find that useful since its up to each individual to assess where their at. Instead, leaving your family out of it, ask yourself honestly whether the consequences for your drinking are worth accepting or not, just like you would with any other important choice in your life. JS
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