As someone who enjoys a good drunkening, I've had a hard time convincing docs in the past that no, really, I don't have a drinking "problem". (I am always honest with doctors, and it puzzles me that so many people are not.)
I get drunk twice a week, on average. I always get pretty blitzed at band practice (5-8 beers in ~4 hrs) and often get pretty drunk when I host movie nights with a couple pals (pretty much the same set of numbers.) Those things don't both happen every week, but I also get drunk at rock shows sometimes when I make it out, so the twice a week average remains pretty constant no matter what my schedule.
But here's the thing: it's not like I don't know that getting drunk is unhealthy, and as I've struggled to stop gaining weight as I've gotten older, I'm well aware that all those empty calories ain't helping anything. But I just don't think that I have a problem; getting drunk is a conscious choice on my part. I enjoy getting drunk. And not only do I do it responsibly -- I never drive drunk, I don't make myself sick, I never wake up the next day filled with regret, I don't black out entire swaths of my night, I don't vandalize anything, etc. -- the only reason I do it is to have a good time. I don't drink alone, I don't drink to bury sadness, and yes, I'm perfectly capable of having a good time sober (and by far the majority of my good times are had when I'm not drunk.) The only time I feel like I need a drink is before I have to go onstage and sing, but that's because I suffer from stagefright and beer helps lessen that.
I've actually brought this up to some of my closest friends to gauge if anyone thinks I have a problem (at the behest of one of my docs who suggested I do this) and nope, they all seem pretty confident that I don't (or they're liars, I suppose.) And I have a 20+ year history of never once being cut off by a bartender or being told I need to cool it because I'm being too obnoxious. (I do tend to get too loud when I'm drunk, but then, I'm too loud when I'm sober. I'm just too loud in general, and I've been that way since I was a wee child.)
So I most definitely qualify as a "binge drinker" even if age has certainly slowed me down (I can't remember the last time I got drunk two nights in a row.) Honestly, I just don't see how what I do constitutes a "problem". But I "fail" the very first of those questions in the OP, so I certainly hope doctors get more in-depth before declaring that their patients have a problem that needs fixing. But I dunno, maybe I'm just lying to myself, right? Does it sound like I have a problem to my fellow Forons? Did any of you read this long post and think to yourself, "Boy, he sure is going to extreme lengths to justify his problem behavior"? Or does it sound like I just like getting drunk because, y'know, it's fun?