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Is Alcoholism a Disease?

Is alcoholism a disease? Until the 1900s, most doctors and scientists did not believe that alcoholism was a disease. For a long time and in many places still today, alcoholism is considered a moral failing or personality weakness. However, in 1956, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared alcoholism an illness. It took until 1991 for…