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Definition of Alcoholism

(noun) A chronic disease caused by compulsive, dependent, and excessive consumption of alcohol, leading to deterioration of mental and physical health, as well as social and vocational functioning.

Alcoholism Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈælkəˌhɔˌlɪz(ə)m/
      • /ˈælkəˌhɑˌlɪz(ə)m/
    • British English
      • /ˈalkəhɒlɪz(ə)m/
      • /ˈalkəhəlɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (al·co·hol·ism)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: alcoholisms
  • Also called:
    • alcohol abuse
    • alcohol addiction
    • alcohol dependence
  • Historically called:
    • dipsomania
    • potomania
  • An (noun) alcoholic is addicted to alcohol.

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Cite the Definition of Alcoholism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “alcoholism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

alcoholism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “alcoholism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“alcoholism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/alcoholism/>.