alcoholic

Something that's alcoholic contains alcohol. At a party, the host may offer a pitcher of alcoholic punch and another of non-alcoholic punch.

Use alcoholic to describe something that has alcohol in it, or otherwise has to do with alcohol. Alcoholic cider, for example, is fermented, and drinking too much can be intoxicating. The noun alcoholic means a person who's dependent on alcohol, whose drinking has become compulsive and unhealthy. This meaning developed in the late 1800s, from the earlier term alcoholist. The group Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 for alcoholics to help themselves and others quit drinking.

Definitions of alcoholic
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adj characteristic of or containing alcohol

alcoholic drinks”
Synonyms:
dry
having a large proportion of strong liquor
hard, strong
being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
intoxicant, intoxicating
causing
spiritous, spirituous
containing or of the nature of alcohol
wet
consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor
Antonyms:
nonalcoholic
characterized by the absence of alcohol

adj addicted to alcohol

“" alcoholic expatriates in Paris"- Carl Van Doren”
Synonyms:
alcohol-dependent
addicted
compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming

n a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

Synonyms:
alky, boozer, dipsomaniac, lush, soaker, souse
Type of:
drunk, drunkard, inebriate, rummy, sot, wino
a chronic drinker

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