Alcoholism - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈælkəhɔːlɪzəm|  American pronunciation of the word alcoholism
Brit.  |ˈalkəhɒlɪz(ə)m|  British pronunciation of the word alcoholism

noun

- 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: drunkenness, inebriation)
- an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess (syn: dipsomania, potomania)

Examples

...a treatment center for those suffering from alcoholism...

Social drinking may lead to alcoholism.

Kerala has less crime and alcoholism than elsewhere in India.

Alcoholism can result in an inability to cope.

The World Health Organization has recognized alcoholism as a disease since 1951.

Some people may inherit a tendency to alcoholism.

Alcoholism affects all aspects of family life.

Paradoxically, the prohibition of liquor caused an increase in alcoholism.

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