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alcoholism

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noun al·co·hol·ism \ˈal-kə-ˌhȯ-ˌli-zəm, -kə-hə-\

Simple Definition of alcoholism

  • : 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. 1 :  continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks

  2. 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>



1850

First Known Use of alcoholism

1850

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ALCOHOLISM Defined for Kids

alcoholism

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noun al·co·hol·ism \ˈal-kə-ˌhȯ-ˌliz-əm\

Definition of alcoholism

  1. :  continued, uncontrolled, and greater than normal use of alcoholic drinks accompanied by physical and mental dependence on alcohol




Medical Dictionary

alcoholism

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noun al·co·hol·ism \ˈal-kə-ˌhȯ-ˌliz-əm, -kə-hə-\

Medical Definition of alcoholism

  1. 1:  continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks

  2. 2a:  poisoning by alcoholb:  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





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