There’s a big difference between “artistically passed out” and “needs to be buzzed to live”.
#6. Myth: An Alcoholic Is Anyone Who Drinks a Lot
That college student who binge drinks four or five nights a week? Chances are, even if he continues that behavior well after graduation, he’s probably not going to end up as a hopeless drunk living in a van down by the river. That’s because heavy drinking is actually more of a symptom of alcoholism than a cause — while it seems paradoxical, most people who drink a lot are not alcoholics, or even alcohol dependent. And this fact is one of many reasons it’s so hard for actual alcoholics to get help.
So if drinking a lot doesn’t make someone an alcoholic, what does? Drinking to cope with problems, to manage stressful situations, and to alleviate depression, to name a few. Alcoholism is more of a physiological and psychological dependence on drinking to make it through life than it is a byproduct of the amount of drinking you do.