Well... I'm back after a few months off.
Right now, I'm feeling rather pensive. And slightly drunk. My current girlfriend thinks I have an alcohol problem and wants me to get some treatment/counseling. Her friends (even some who haven't even met me yet!) have very mixed opinions of me and some have told her that she should leave me. I do have it really good. She is the younger, hot, popular cheerleader (i.e. the type who would've never paid the slightest bit of attention to me in high school) who you want to hate but can't because she's so damn nice. She's also surprisingly intelligent and also spends a lot of money on me (I'm broke as hell) and cooks me delicious food all the time. I'm not saying she's perfect by any means, but I do have to admit that I have it pretty damn good and I do care about what she thinks (though wouldn't consider it a big deal to replace her if I needed to).
Here's the situation:
-I don't drink consistently. I've gone weeks without touching alcohol in the past, but also have had weeks that would put some alcoholics to shame.
-I'm in a highly respected medical school right now. I'm doing really well (above average), but not top of the class. I probably could be if I actually gave a shit. Alcohol has never interfered with my ability to perform in school/work or in personal obligations.
-I drink alone and sometimes in weird places.
-I drink when I'm unhappy to escape from my problems.
-I drink more than the other people I'm with.
-I drink on weeknights at times.
-I'm incredibly functional when I'm drunk. In fact, I'm drunk right now though I should be studying. Is my syntax suffering? I didn't think so...
-I'm still making fairly consistent gains in the gym. They're slow as hell, but I don't really care so long as I'm not regressing.
-I've had alcohol poisoning a couple of times before, requiring admission to the hospital once.
-I have a family history of depression and alcoholism. Both have affected me in the past, but I consider them to be fairly well controlled at present.
-The ol' ball and chain has been hurt by an abusive alcoholic family in the past. I think she's a little too sensitive to perceived alcoholism.
-My close friends drink, and a good bit more than average.
-I've never been abusive to those I care about because of alcohol, though I have been in some sticky situations with randoms (I tend to be a rather soppy drunk around people I truly care about).
-I've had a lot of blackouts and a few exceedingly probable/guaranteed hookups with randoms while trashed, including cheating (though not on this girl... yet).
-I've only ever driven while completely fucked up once, and it was something I felt terrible about and plan to never do again.
-I've never had financial problems because of alcohol.
-My family really doesn't like how much I drink, though they have begrudgingly admitted that I seem to have an incredible level of control.
-I do go about my day to day activities drunk sometimes (although rarely). I never do it completely trashed and I'm always highly functional. Only those who know me VERY well can tell I'm drunk.
-I've never had acute withdrawals, though I do crave alcohol a fair bit. I only give in if I have the time to do so.
-My liver enzymes are doing great, even though I wasn't able to keep myself off of the bottle while taking hepatotoxic prescription drugs. I'm still fairly young though, so maybe this is meaningless.
-Sometimes I hide my drinking so my girl/family doesn't give me a hard time about it.
-I really don't want to imagine a completely sober life. The idea actually pains me greatly.
I realize that while I am very high functioning and have not suffered much in the way of negative consequences, there are a few red flags. Is it worth seeking treatment for (even if only to give the girlfriend some piece of mind)? What would you do if you were in my shoes?