Since alcoholism hits close to home for me and maybe some of you in one way or another I am wondering what your thoughts may be as to whether alcoholism is a disease or an addiction. Over the years I have researched so many different opinions on this subject. In my opinion it is an addiction that brings on disease. I don't believe it is a disease in itself because if the alcoholic didn't drink...he or she would probably never have to face some of the diseases that come about because of that drinking. Addictions can be overcome but many of the diseases brought on by alcohol will in the end lead to death. Alcoholism destroys not only the person who is the alcoholic...but also their marriages, families, jobs, etc. What do you think? Is alcoholism a disease or an addiction?