A chronic condition characterised by uncontrollable drinking and preoccupation with alcohol. Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Those with alcoholism feel guilty and have the desire to cut down alcohol but are unable to. People may experience dizziness, nausea, blackouts, anxiety, discontent, euphoria or aggressive – destructive behavior due to the constant craving for increased amounts of alcohol. Treatment involves counselling by a healthcare professional and a detoxification programme in a hospital or medical facility.