What is Alcoholism?

by | Sep 6, 2023 | #Support, Alcoholism, Disease, Step 1, Stigma

Am I drinking too much?

Am I an Alcoholic?

Why can’t I stop drinking?

Each of these are common online searches that may have brought you to this very page. Identifying alcoholism can be daunting with many stigmas and judgments. We are glad you are here and that your courage brought you to a search for hope and a solution to alcoholism.

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a chronic, relapsing mental illness characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.

Put simply, alcoholism is a disease of the Mind and Body.


Alcoholism is a mental health disorder. If you have made multiple attempts to quit drinking but cannot stop despite the desire to or the severity of consequences, you may be suffering from this mental illness.

The question is not about consequences or circumstances.The question is can you quit entirely when you honestly want to?


The body of an alcoholic reacts very different when compared to normal drinkers. If you are unable to stop once you start and experience a loss of control over the amount you drink, you may be experiencing this abnormal physical reaction.

The question is not how often or how much you drink. The question is can you stop once you start?

While the symptoms of alcoholism can feel hopeless, they are not.Find a recovery solution through The Magdalen House.We offer services to help individuals achieve sobriety and sustain recovery at no cost and based on 12-step spiritual principles.

You are not a bad person; alcoholism is not a choice. It is a disease that 1 in 11 women, 1 in 7 men, and 1 in 9 adults in the United States suffer from. You are not alone, and our community is proud to welcome you and provide a solution.

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