alcoholism

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al·co·hol·ism

noun \ˈal-kə-ˌh-ˌli-zəm, -kə-hə-\

: a medical condition in which someone frequently drinks too much alcohol and becomes unable to live a normal and healthy life

Full Definition of ALCOHOLISM

1
:  continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks
2
a :  poisoning by alcohol
b :  a chronic disorder marked by excessive and usually compulsive drinking of alcohol leading to psychological and physical dependence or addiction

Examples of ALCOHOLISM

  1. <a treatment center for those suffering from alcoholism>

First Known Use of ALCOHOLISM

1850

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al·co·hol·ism

noun \ˈal-kə-ˌh-ˌliz-əm, -kə-hə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALCOHOLISM

1
: continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks
2
a : poisoning by alcohol b : a chronic progressive potentially fatal psychological and nutritional disorder associated with excessive and usually compulsive drinking of ethanol and characterized by frequent intoxication leading to dependence on or addiction to the substance, impairment of the ability to work and socialize, destructive behaviors (as drunken driving), tissue damage (as cirrhosis of the liver), and severe withdrawal symptoms upon detoxification

alcoholism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Excessive habitual consumption of alcoholic beverages despite physical, mental, social, or economic harm (e.g., cirrhosis, drunk driving and accidents, family strife, frequently missing work). Persons who drink large amounts of alcohol over time become tolerant to its effects. Alcoholism is usually considered an addiction and a disease. The causes are unclear, but there may be a genetic predisposition. It is more common in men, but women are more likely to hide it. Treatment may be physiological (with drugs that cause vomiting and a feeling of panic when alcohol is consumed; not an effective long-term treatment), psychological (with therapy and rehabilitation), or social (with group therapies). Group therapies such as Alcoholics Anonymous are the most effective treatments. Suddenly stopping heavy drinking can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including delirium tremens.

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