alcoholism (n.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: alcohol addiction , inebriation , drunkenness ]

  2. an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

    [ Syn: dipsomania , potomania ]

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