My observation over a lifetime, is the individual
(1) drinks frequently (almost daily),
(2) becomes inebriated relatively soon after the first or second drink,
(3) continues to drink, sometimes to a state of unconsciousness
(4) knows that they have a problem but won't admit it.
(5) almost always has a ketone acidosis odor on their breath
(6)SAL IS AN ALCOHOLIC IN DENIAL.
Sal drinks too often && is in denial so he is an alcoholic.