Originally Posted by Garuda
This could be misleading. The DSM V changed the way substance use disorders are diagnosed in many countries, including the U.S.. The criteria have changed, and the new definition of alcohol use disorder only requires a person meet two of the eleven criteria to qualify. In addition, it's kind of misleading for the Washington Post to use the term "alcoholic" as a synonym for alcohol use disorder. The concepts and definitions do not necessarily equate. Many people meet criteria for alcohol use disorder, mild, who would not have been considered alcoholic under the old criteria.
Pretty much this. The new criteria is pretty vague, and someone who drinks more than 4 drinks in a sitting, or perhaps gets semi-drunk once a month could fit into the category, whom are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent.
From at least what i've read, those that are everyday, to near everyday, "classic" alcoholics is much lower, in the 3% or so range