FWIW, the United States government recommends an average of no more than one drink a day for women, and two drinks a day for men.
Women who have more than 80 drinks a month, and men who have 100 or more drinks a month, show the same symptoms as hospitalised alcholics. That includes impaired function on memory, balance, and processing speed. Brain cells you kill with alcohol do not regenerate. Damage to your liver or stomach can be permanent. Alcohol abuse is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in most countries with broad access to modern medicine.
Liberal definitions of alcoholic -- the ones that apply to 90% of kids at uni -- are counter-productive, because they trivialise the significance of true alcoholism, addiction and loss of control.
Bullshit; by that standard, you mght as well just label anyone who likes to be drunk occasionally as an alcoholic. An alcoholic is someone who is addicted to alcohol, period.
I think there's a pretty big difference between getting drunk by accident and choosing to get drunk. And yes, I stand by the statement that if you're intentionally making yourself drunk, you have a problem with alcohol. You may not be a clinical alcoholic, but you're in some way dependent on the substance and should therefore avoid it.