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alcoholism

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

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
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