I guess this is stating the obvious but some things are worth repeating so people pay attention.
The article also brings attention to something less obvious:
Dr. Willenbring also will present an online press briefing called “Alcoholism: It Isn’t What It Used to Be,” based on findings of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. “Most people with alcohol disorders are younger drinkers with less severe disorder,” says Willenbring, “If patients and physicians can recognize risky drinking and less severe dependence, we can prevent the development of severe chronic dependence. What’s needed is a new public and professional understanding of the drinking patterns and early symptoms that increase risk.”