A person is considered alcoholic when they have developed a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol, and are unable to control their drinking despite the negative consequences it has on their life. Signs of alcoholism include cravings, loss of control over drinking, withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit, and continued use of alcohol despite negative effects on relationships, work, and health. It is important to seek help for alcoholism as it is a chronic and progressive disease that can lead to serious health complications and even death.