Can you tell me is alcoholism a mental illness or a choice?

Alcoholism--choice? Alcoholism is an addiction, which means that the only choice one has is to get treatment to stop the drinking, and then to prevent further use of alcohol. A good definition is one given by the mayo clinic: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/alcoholism/basics/definition/con-20020866 many people who suffer from alcoholism feel that they are mentally ill--in general, this is not so.