Alcoholism has been recognized for many years by professional medical organizations as a primary, chronic, progressive and sometimes fatal disease that acts as “a mental obsession causing a physical compulsion to drink.” The progression of the disease itself is so subtle that the alcoholic himself fails to notice when he lost control — and alcohol took over — his life. However, to the common man alcoholism doesn’t look, sound, smell and it certainly doesn’t act like a disease. To make matters worse, it denies it exists and resists treatment. That is why it is so tough to recognize it as a disease.