Alcoholism meets all the CDC’s criteria for what a disease is. It is a mental, emotional, and physical disease. It can be passed down genetically, severe head trauma, (is CTE a disease? Is Alzheimer’s a disease?) or self-inflicted due to damaging neural pathways in the brain by over indulging. Some people are more predisposed to it than other. People don’t like to look at alcoholism/the DISEASE of addiction as a disease because the symptoms are not something easily sympathized with. Alcoholics have an uncanny ability to destroy everything around them. And no, the actions displayed by alcoholics are a lot of times incredibly immoral and down right horrid. But if the alcoholic is unaware of the problem he cannot fix it. Now, an alcoholic who knows the solution and chooses to ignore it in order to continue the life he was living is A) an idiot and B) an asshole. Alcoholism is a disease. And it is treatable. It’s just not as conventional and easy to put in a box as some would like.