As far as I know binge drining is technically any more then 5 or 6 drinks in one session.... so work out from that if what you are doing is binging.
In terms of a problem, the volume of drink does not matter. Its the relationship you have with it and affect that drink has on your life. For example, If you cannot go with out 2-3 glasses of wine a night because you feel you need it, your reasons are to block something or you start to change things so that you can (say skip certain necessities to pay for it) then it is possible that you have a drink problem.
Not necessarily. It would be no different from tea consumption
However, if you drink say 8 drinks in one night simply because you enjoy it, your out at a party or whatever, its not a regular thing and you are not damaging a part of your life in order to do it, then you probably dont have a drink problem.
That would be binging, blasting your body massively on fits and starts like that.
Trousers, If you want to go out and drink in order to get shit faced drunk because you dont want to face up to something then maybe you just have to be aware of it. Im not saying you have a problem, Im more saying if you develop this into a regular habit then it COULD BECOME a problem down the line.
In my experience living based on what might happen or not is tremendously wasteful and unproductive.
A little vice is better then total abstinence sometimes. The release is cathartic and good for the mind.
How would it be the same as having tea? I know alot of people who are conseiderably relaxed and lucid after having 3 glasses of wine. Their persona changes and the alcahol has an effect on their mood and ability. They may not be drunk but they are still affected. Tea is a caffinated drink, though it dosnt really do your body too much harm, if you got dependent on having your cup of tea because you just couldnt get through the morning without it, how is that different from being hooked on alcahol??
I know having 8 drinks is binge drinking, I wasnt saying to have 8 drinks is ok - what Im getting at is the attitude. Having a drinking problem or even being alcaholic is not directly related to the AMOUNT of drink you take, it is your dependecy and the reason why you take it that classes you as being that way. Of course someone who has a problem is more likely to drink alot rather than a little but there are those who dont go wild every night having drink yet still have a problem with it.
Im not telling trousers to abstain, Im not telling him he has a problem. Im not even telling him that he DOSNT have a problem. Im saying IF he has to drink in order to block out thoughts, experiences or because he feels the addictive need to drink and would rather have a few cans instead of buying food, then MAYBE he should be aware of it - because down the line he MIGHT develop a problem.