Alcoholism is a chronic, neurologically based disease that involves the compulsive consumption of alcohol that cannot be controlled, in spite of repeated efforts to do so.

Alcoholism comes from behaviors and conditions that an individual suffers from before they begin drinking alcohol. Once the individual starts consuming alcohol excessively, the disease progresses, becomes out of control, and continues to get worse over time.

Alcohol dependence has been shown to progress to the point where it begins to damage relationships, destroy careers and lead to hazardous incidents. Excessive use also leads to physical dependence, which results in extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is taken away. 

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