- the habitual or compulsive consumption of alcoholic liquor to excess
- a chronic diseased condition marked by psychological and nutritional disorders, caused by the compulsive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic liquor
A disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of alcohol use that causes harm or distress. It typically involves cravings for alcohol, inability to control the amount consumed, withdrawal symptoms in its absence, and the need to consume greater quantities in order to feel the same effects, and often results in impaired social functioning and significant damage to physical health.
(usually uncountable, plural alcoholisms)
- (pathology) A chronic disease caused by addiction to alcohol, leading to a deterioration in health and social functioning.
- (pathology) Acute alcohol poisoning.