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Alcoholism has little to do with the kind of alcohol one drinks or how much one drinks, but instead is categorized by the uncontrollable need for alcohol. Alcohol addiction is defined by the inability to control one's alcohol intake, or one's inability to stop drinking once he or she starts.
For many people drinking alcohol is a pleasurable experience -- however, for the 14 million people who face alcohol addiction, many problems can result from drinking.
Even though they plan on drinking only one or two drinks, one leads to the next and soon the individual is intoxicated. Other people find that when they drink, it negatively affects their relationships, their employment, their health, and their finances.