Definition of Alcoholism

1. Noun. 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.

Exact synonyms: Alcohol Addiction, Drunkenness, Inebriation
Generic synonyms: Drug Addiction, White Plague
Derivative terms: Inebriate, Inebriate

2. Noun. An intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess.
Exact synonyms: Dipsomania, Potomania
Generic synonyms: Cacoethes, Mania, Passion

Definition of Alcoholism

1. n. A diseased condition of the system, brought about by the continued use of alcoholic liquors.

Definition of Alcoholism

1. Noun. (pathology) A chronic disease caused by addiction to alcohol, leading to a deterioration in health and social functioning. ¹

2. Noun. (pathology) Acute alcohol poisoning. ¹

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Medical Definition of Alcoholism

1. A disorder characterised by pathological pattern of alcohol use that causes a serious impairment in social or occupational functioning. In DSN III R this is termed alcohol abuse or, if tolerance or withdrawal is present, alcohol dependence. (18 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Alcoholism

alcoholic liver disease
alcoholic myocardiopathy
alcoholic pneumonia
alcoholic polyneuropathy
alcoholic psychoses
alcoholic tincture
alcoholic withdrawal tremor
alcoholics anonymous
alcoholism (current term)
alcoholism abuse

Literary usage of Alcoholism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"If the alcoholism is not diagnosed and realistically dealt with, as opposed to simply ... alcoholism occurs in all ethnic, socioeconomic, and age groups. ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1874)
"The patients, like the subjects of chronic alcoholism, suffer from headache, ... Those troubles of sensibility show themselves not only in alcoholism, ..."

3. Technologies for Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse and Addiction by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"Sons of alcoholic and nonalcoholic parents who were put up for adoption were compared for the development of alcoholism. Sons of alcoholic parents were ..."

4. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Emphasis is laid on the fact that dipsomania is not the result of chronic alcoholism, but is a sign of a periodically recurring mental anomaly. ..."

5. Stress, Gender, and Alcohol-Seeking Behavior edited by Walter A. Hunt, Sam Zakhari (1996)
"Chapter 4 Early-Onset alcoholism in Women: Electrophysiological Similarities and Differences by Gender Shirley Y. Hill, Ph.D. Risk for developing alcoholism ..."

6. Prevention Plus II: Tools for Creating and Sustaining Drug-Free Communities (1994)
"... This directory of State and Territorial alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program ... Coordinator Office of alcoholism and Drug Abuse Department of Health ..."

7. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1912)
"Dipsomania is a form of acute alcoholism seen in persons with a strong ... (b) Chronic alcoholism.—In moderation, wine, beer, and spirits may be taken ..."

8. Criminality and Economic Conditions by Willem Adriaan Bonger (1916)
"alcoholism. Here we have to take up but a single one of the ways in which ... Acute alcoholism, therefore, has no place among our general observations. ..."

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