Does this person sound like an alcoholic? This person:
Can never feel relaxed without a drink
Feels that he can't face the day without alcohol
Drinks every day, usually at least four units a day
Drinks secretly, and hides bottles of alcohol around the house
Lies about his drinking -- sometimes by omission, sometimes outright
Very often drinks in the morning
Sometimes drives drunk
Relatives and close friends are concerned about his drinking
Has a very emotional relationship to drinking -- whenever he's upset about anything, he always has a drink
However, crucially, this person almost never drinks until he loses control. In fact, this person drinks to feel more in control. When he drinks, he feels confident, calm, self-assured -- ways he never feels when he doesn't drink. So he almost never gets so drunk that he is out of control, or forgets what he did, or blacks out, or anything like that. In fact, most of the time, he doesn't even feel properly drunk, just -- better. Relaxed, happier, free of anxiety. Most people can't even tell that he's had anything to drink.
Does this person sound like an alcoholic? Please help me and tell me what you think, I don't know who else to turn to. Thank you so, so much for your time.