acute alcoholism

noun

Medical Definition of acute alcoholism

: alcohol poisoning resulting from the usually rapid, excessive consumption of excessive alcoholic beverages that is characterized by depression of central nervous system functioning leading to slurred speech, muscle incoordination, and drowsiness or loss of consciousness

Note: Acute alcoholism is typically accompanied by dehydration, nausea, and vomiting, and sometimes results in coma or respiratory failure.

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“Acute alcoholism.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/acute%20alcoholism. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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