- 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 disease characterized by addiction to alcoholic beverages, often resulting in impaired social functioning and in damage to the liver, heart, and nervous system. Also called alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence.
(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.