(al′kə hôl′iz′əm, -häl′-)
- 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
See alcoholism in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A disorder characterized by the excessive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic beverages, leading to physical and psychological harm and impaired social and vocational functioning. Also called alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence.
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