Definitions of alcoholism

n habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms

alcohol addiction, drunkenness, inebriation
Type of:
drug addiction, white plague
an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)

n an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

dipsomania, potomania
Type of:
cacoethes, mania, passion
an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

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