During the last year i've been drinking 2-3 times per week. I'm severly intoxicated at least once, usually twice per week. During last month i've been drinking almost daily, but not because i need to but because it feels good. I usually drink to vent... i cant spend a week without getting drunk once, at least on friday - when im drunk i can be honest about how i feel and it just feels good. I'm less shy and forget about problems. Beside, i could never get a girlfriend without being drunk. I can spend entire week without alcohol - i usually just think about how drunk i will be in friday and i have no problems not drinking during the week. But when i do drink, i have no control over it because i'm very compulsive. It's all or nothing. So what i wonder is if you can be alcoholic if you usually drink 3 times per week but can manage to spend entire week without drinking? When i have to work for school, i can pretty easily cut down on drinking, even not drinking for 10 days... So i guess i just abuse alcohol and am not dependent. But i'm a littlle woried as i have addictive personality... i'm a chain smoker and dependent on energy drink, i'm also ex binge eater...maybe i should cut down.