Alcoholism, also known as "alcohol dependence," is a disease that includes four symptoms:
Craving: A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.
Loss of control: The inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.
Physical dependence: Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.
Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to "get high."
Alcoholics do not necessarily drink everyday. Some alcoholics have binges. It is possible for a person that drinks four times a year to be an alcoholic if they drink alcoholicly those 4 times. Not all alcoholics drink in the morning either, though some certainly do. Everyone is different, but a problem with alcohol is the common thread to alcoholism.