What does alcoholism mean?

Definitions for alcoholism
ˈæl kə hɔˌlɪz əm, -hɒ-al·co·holism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alcoholism, alcohol addiction, inebriation, drunkennessnoun

    habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms

  2. dipsomania, alcoholism, potomanianoun

    an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess


  1. alcoholismnoun

    A chronic disease caused by addiction to alcohol, leading to a deterioration in health and social functioning.

  2. alcoholismnoun

    Acute alcohol poisoning.


  1. alcoholism

    Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is a chronic disease characterized by an individual's inability to control or stop drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. It involves a preoccupation with alcohol and using it despite the negative consequences it may have on one's health, personal relationships, or social obligations. The level of alcohol consumption required to be considered an alcoholic can vary, but it often results in tolerance, withdrawal symptoms and an increased focus on drinking over other activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alcoholismnoun

    a diseased condition of the system, brought about by the continued use of alcoholic liquors

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. alcoolisme.]


  1. Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a broad term for problems with alcohol, and is generally used to mean compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic beverages, usually to the detriment of the drinker's health, personal relationships, and social standing. It is medically considered a disease, specifically an addictive illness, and in psychiatry several other terms are used, specifically "alcohol abuse" and "alcohol dependence," which have slightly different definitions. In 1979 an expert World Health Organization committee discouraged the use of "alcoholism" in medicine, preferring the category of "alcohol dependence syndrome". In the 19th and early 20th centuries, alcohol dependence in general was called dipsomania, but that term now has a much more specific meaning. People suffering from alcoholism are often called "alcoholics". Many other terms, some of them insulting or informal, have been used throughout history. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 140 million people with alcoholism worldwide. The American Medical Association supports a dual classification of alcoholism to include both physical and mental components. The biological mechanisms that cause alcoholism are not well understood. Social environment, stress, mental health, family history, age, ethnic group, and gender all influence the risk for the condition. Significant alcohol intake produces changes in the brain's structure and chemistry, though some alterations occur with minimal use of alcohol over a short term period, such as tolerance and physical dependence. These changes maintain the person with alcoholism's compulsive inability to stop drinking and result in alcohol withdrawal syndrome if the person stops. Alcohol misuse has the potential to damage almost every organ in the body, including the brain. The cumulative toxic effects of chronic alcohol abuse can cause both medical and psychiatric problems.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Alcoholism

    the results, acute or chronic, of the deleterious action of alcohol on the human system.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Alcoholism

    A primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic. (Morse & Flavin for the Joint Commission of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the American Society of Addiction Medicine to Study the Definition and Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alcoholism: in JAMA 1992;268:1012-4)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alcoholism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alcoholism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of alcoholism in a Sentence

  1. Nick Cohen:

    I have written at length about my alcoholism. I went clean seven years ago in 2016, i look back on my addicted life with deep shame.

  2. Samuel Butler:

    If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.

  3. Earth Day:

    Those were really tough years, i could relate to a lot of those storylines like the alcoholism and postpartum depression. They hit close to home.

  4. Eric Dane:

    To have secrets and to have to live keeping those secrets from people, i've certainly had my struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, mental health, and I know what it's like to have to put up a facade and have an external experience not match the internal experience. I felt like that was my strongest asset in trying to articulate what the guy's going through.

  5. Fahad Malik:

    These patients have the exact same implications of alcoholism : the smell, the breath, drowsiness, gait changes, they will present as someone who's intoxicated by alcohol, but the only difference here is that these patients can be treated by antifungal medications.

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