(noun) A chronic disease caused by compulsive, dependent, and excessive consumption of alcohol, leading to deterioration of mental and physical health, and social and vocational functioning.
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- Also called:
- alcohol abuse
- alcohol addiction
- alcohol dependence
- Historically called:
- An (noun) alcoholic is addicted to alcohol.
- Word origin of “alcoholism” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Alcoholism
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “alcoholism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 19, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
alcoholism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “alcoholism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 19, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“alcoholism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/>.