Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder, is a chronic disease characterized by a compulsive need to consume alcohol, despite the negative consequences it may have on an individual’s health, relationships, and daily functioning. People with alcohol addiction often experience physical and psychological dependence on alcohol, and may find it difficult or impossible to control their drinking habits. The condition can range from mild to severe, and can lead to a wide range of health problems if left untreated. Treatment for alcohol addiction typically involves a combination of medical, behavioral, and social interventions, such as detoxification, counseling, support groups, and medications.