(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:
    • dipsomania
    • potomania
  • An (noun) alcoholic is addicted to alcohol.

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