3 doctors weighed in:
I have two buddies of mine who drink 3-5 alcoholic beverages a day, is that a clinical alcoholic?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Abuse or at risk
In men less than age 65 more than 3 drinks in 1 day or 14 in a week is considered abuse and at risk.
We do not use clinical. However we use abuse or dependency both are present > 1 year but abuse has 1 criteria , dependency 3 or more they are at risk and abuse. Have them talk to their doctor.

In brief: Abuse or at risk
In men less than age 65 more than 3 drinks in 1 day or 14 in a week is considered abuse and at risk.
We do not use clinical. However we use abuse or dependency both are present > 1 year but abuse has 1 criteria , dependency 3 or more they are at risk and abuse. Have them talk to their doctor.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Thank
Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine
In brief: It depends
How much one drinks indicates if one is a light, moderate, or heavy drinker. Other criteria like craving and continued use despite harm are used to determine alcohol addiction.
Obviously if one drinks a fifth of vodka each day it is highly likely one will meet the criteria of being an alcoholic.

In brief: It depends
How much one drinks indicates if one is a light, moderate, or heavy drinker. Other criteria like craving and continued use despite harm are used to determine alcohol addiction.
Obviously if one drinks a fifth of vodka each day it is highly likely one will meet the criteria of being an alcoholic.
Dr. James Rotchford
Dr. James Rotchford
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Board Certified, Family Medicine
384K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors