(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.
Audio Pronunciation: (al·co·hol·ism)
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- Also called:
- alcohol abuse
- alcohol addiction
- alcohol dependence
- Historically called:
- An (noun) alcoholic is addicted to alcohol.
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