Alcoholism meaning

ălkə-hô-lĭzəm, -hŏ-
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.
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A progressive, potentially fatal disease characterized by the excessive and compulsive consumption of alcoholic beverages and physiological and psychological dependence on alcohol. Chronic alcoholism usually results in liver and other organ damage, nutritional deficiencies and impaired social functioning.
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(pathology) A chronic disease caused by addiction to alcohol, leading to a deterioration in health and social functioning.
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(pathology) Acute alcohol poisoning.
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A disease characterized by addiction to alcoholic beverages, often resulting in impaired social functioning and in damage to the liver, heart, and nervous system.
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The habitual or compulsive consumption of alcoholic liquor to excess.
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A chronic diseased condition marked by psychological and nutritional disorders, caused by the compulsive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic liquor.
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