Alcohol dependence, which is the body's inability to stop drinking and the persistence of alcohol cravings, is what defines alcoholism. Due to cravings and the anxiety of going without alcohol, people with alcoholism may resort to drastic methods including stealing, lying, hiding alcohol, drinking household cleansers that contain alcohol, and engaging in other hazardous activities. These people could go through alcohol withdrawals in the absence of alcohol, which are marked by agitation, tremors, hot flashes, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, and seizures.
A person with an alcohol addiction will frequently prioritize drinking over all other commitments, such as work and family, and will develop a physical tolerance, which means they will always need alcohol. If they stop drinking, they will also experience withdrawal symptoms.