Alcoholism is a disease that affects more than 17 million Americans, with no discrimination for gender, race or celebrity status. Alcoholics are unable to control their drinking. They crave it, suffer symptoms of withdrawal without it and need more and more of it to feel its effects -- this is addiction.
In 2006, actor David Hasselhoff and his wife Pamela Bach began divorce proceedings and subsequent custody battle for their two daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley. In 2007, a video of David drunk, rambling and trying to eat a burger in a hotel room surfaced on the Internet, and his private struggles became public entertainment. After the video was leaked, the actor apologized and issued a statement about his struggles with substance abuse and with being a recovering alcoholic.