Alcoholism, or more officially termed alcohol use disorder, is a condition where you have the desire or physical need to consume alcohol, even though it has a negative impact on your life. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) describes alcohol use disorder as "problem drinking that becomes severe."
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, 3.3 million deaths every year result from the harmful use of alcohol. A person with this condition does not know when or how to stop drinking. They spend a lot of time thinking about alcohol, and they cannot control how much they consume, even if it is causing serious problems at home, work, and financially.