- a condition in which dependence on alcohol harms a person's health, social functioning, or family life
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- Psychiatrya chronic disorder marked by acute dependence on alcohol, physical degeneration, and difficulty in functioning in society.
- Pathologya chronic disorder characterized by dependence on alcohol, repeated excessive use of alcoholic beverages, the development of withdrawal symptoms on reducing or ceasing intake, morbidity that may include cirrhosis of the liver, and decreased ability to function socially and vocationally. Cf. alcoholic psychosis.
- alcohol + -ism 1855–60