- 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
(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.
alcoholism - Medical Definition