For most of us, a drink every now and then is a harmless way to unwind with friends at happy hour or enhance the enjoyment of a delectable dinner. But millions of people suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD), better known as alcoholism, which is a chronic disease that causes physical and emotional dependence on alcohol, and the inability to control drinking. The effects of alcoholism can be devastating, both to the users and to those around them. There are several treatment options available but the first step is identifying the problem and being open to getting help. In this guide, learn what AUD sufferers may be thinking as they wrestle with this debilitating disease.