Mons, I am prone to binge drinking. this much is true. It is a pattern of use that I settled into from a young age. But if you can control what you are drinking, then is is notdependence or alcoholism. I feel I can control myself. If I start going overboard, thenIwouldconsiderentering a program. But I would most likely just stop by myself, the same way I did with all the other drugs in my past. I did say that I felt the urge to drink during the day, and it is true, but i know not to succumb to this. I was dependant on weed for a number of years and quit, so I know where it would lead.
The DSM is what medical professionals use to assess various psychological conditions. This is what I was using. The other, the AUDIT, was devised by the WHO. It not like a facebook quiz or something. I'm a psychologist.
It must seem stupid of me to have posted this discussion and then go against what most people are saying, but I honestly know myself. I know that when I get drunk I will keep drinking. that is what happens. So now I'm setting my limit and sticking to it. If I go over, I know that I have to stop completely. This is somewhat of a trial period.