Is addiction always a sin?

I am interested in the topic of addiction and its relationship to sin. Take addiction to alcohol, for example, which seems to run in families. My assumption: drunkenness is a sin, primarily because it mars our humanity by diminishing reason and free will. After so much drunkenness–perhaps not too many times–a person takes on a compulsion to drink. At what point does the “sin” of drunkenness become not a sin, but rather an addiction, a compulsion, which by definition does not involve a free choice. Since sinning involves free choice, fully knowledge and offensive matter, is there a line of demarcation for when sin becomes addiction? :

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