Alcohol addiction, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is characterized by the inability to control alcohol consumption despite negative consequences. It is a chronic and often progressive disease that can cause physical, psychological, and social problems. The severity of AUD can range from mild to severe, and is usually determined by the number and severity of symptoms present. Some common symptoms of alcohol addiction include a strong urge to drink, difficulty controlling alcohol consumption, withdrawal symptoms when alcohol use is stopped, tolerance to alcohol, and continuing to drink despite negative consequences.