My parents are trying to get me to seek professional help because of my "drinking problem", which I do not believe I have. They seem to think that anything beyond 8oz of vodka a week is unreasonable for a normal person. I'm going to list my "drinking regimen", and you, the lucky members of the AP community, get to play doctor/therapist/disgruntled senior citizen/what have you, and give me your professional opinion.
1. I drink an average of 3 times a week.
2. I usually drink vodka, and usually anywhere from 8 to 16oz at a time.
3. I drink because I enjoy it, not to drown my sorrows or because my life sucks.
4. I drink alone, but only because all my friends live pretty far at this point.
5. I hide my drinking, but only because my parents have a pretty close-minded opinion of it, and I'm stuck at home for the time being.
6. I eat a lot, and I mean a lot, while drinking. I'm also a pretty big guy, and both of these things heighten my tolerance.
7. I typically will watch a few TV shows, chow down on Carl's Jr., and drink, then go outside, listen to music, and smoke cigarettes.
8. I never get hangovers and I never throw up.
9. I never drive drunk, nor would I ever, and I don't tend to do anything stupid or be obnoxious when intoxicated.
So, what do you think, AP? Am I doomed to AA, should I just cut back a little, or am I an average Joe?