Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and for those around him or her. In 2012, heavy drinking was reported by 6.5% or 17 million people in America. One drink could cause a chronic alcohol user 6.6 hours of his or her life. As of 2012, 1.1 million people suffered from cocaine abuse or dependence. One line could cost a chronic cocaine user 5.1 hours of his her life. Approximately 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamine in the past year, and 440,000 reported using it in the past month. One drink could cost a chronic alcohol user 6.6 hours of his or her life.