I myself was a “weekend warrior” and binge drinker before going to outpatient treatment. I too was always seeking reassurance from whomever I was with at the time, and I wanted them to “co-sign” my misdeeds when it came to missing engagements and activities that had been previously planned due to my hangovers; I also would seek reassurance for drinking too much at social events. The fact that we look for reassurance and affirmations following events of binge drinking shows that we know there is at some level a problem with us controlling our drinking. While in treatment I was introduced to the concept of mental obsession for drinking, and even though I only drank on weekends or sporadically, in hindsight I can honestly say that the periods between without drink there was definitely some obsession taking place leading me to over drink or not drink responsibly. There were underlying emotional and mental issues, work stressors, etc. that I was seeking to escape through drink. Drinking had become my coping mechanism in exchange for healthier coping mechanisms such as meditation, taking a walk, performing breathing exercises, communicating with people when I took issue with their actions, etc. Once I learned how to manage stress and life in general, I remained sober and am still sober to this day.