Alcoholism is a dangerous and shocking disease that affects thousands of people every year. To recognize alcoholism on yourself or someone else can be very tough. Alcoholism is called as a disease that allows a persons use of alcohol to interfere with their life and the basic functioning of their daily chores, requirements and responsibilities. The clinical way of looking at alcohol is by examining the amount of alcohol a person consumes. A woman who drinks more than seven drinks per week or more than three drinks a day and a man who drinks more than 14 drinks per week or four drinks in a day would be considered an alcoholic. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor.