Sam: What age do you have to be to be an alcoholic?
Me: Well, I guess anyone can be an alcoholic at any age, but the drinking age is 21 in the United States and there are not many alcoholics who are under the age of 21.
Sam: I think I might be like an alcoholic. I drink a lot.
Me: An alcoholic drinks a lot of alcohol. Things like beer and wine. You don’t drink that, you drink mostly water and water is good for you.
Sam: I just meant that I am LIKE an alcoholic.
Me: Okay, but you don’t drink alcohol so I think you are safe.