Alcohol, commonly enjoyed by individuals at parties or special events, can play a role in social status of many cultures. When is the consumption of alcohol considered too much? When does drinking alcohol go from an occasional event to the abuse of the substance? The official term for an individual when diagnosed with an alcoholic problem is AUD or Alcohol Abuse Disorder. Specific criteria is determined before a medical professional will diagnose an individual with AUD, but the disorder is recognized as a disease effecting the brain, causing an uncontrollable drive towards alcohol, the inability to resist intake of the substance, and emotional behaviors when the individual is not using the substance.