I’m no expert either but I can offer this from my health class that stuck with me:
Cureent literature states alcohol consumption falls into four broad categories:
Use: What I like to think I do. Anyone time anyone takes a drink, they are using alcohol.
Misuse: this is where grandma can’t go to sleep without her hot toddy. Still use, but not really what alcohol is for.
Abuse: Continued use despite averse consequences. Though not necessarily addiction. A good example of one without the other is college party style binge drinking.
Adiction: loss of control of behavior.
These all generally apply to everything not just alcohol but I think it’s nice to have the terms defined right here.
As to where dependence fits in here. I don’t know. I’m not Lizzie. It sounds to me closest to misuse, but I’m no expert on anything or anyone.