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Alcoholism   /ˈælkəhˌɔlˌɪzəm/   Listen

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.  Synonyms: alcohol addiction, drunkenness, inebriation.
An intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess.  Synonyms: dipsomania, potomania.

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"Alcoholism" Quotes from Famous Books

... ago we made reference to the report by Mr. Mesureur, Director of the Department of Charities, Paris, upon the results of alcoholism in France. ...
— Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers • Arthur Brisbane

... alcohol we take, the alcohol we make. Treatment of chronic alcoholism. Preventative treatment. Mineral ...
— Food for the Traveler - What to Eat and Why • Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper

... my lifelong enthusiasm for the "Vote" has been chastened ever since by the recollection of the resentment which she exhibited at every suggestion of or allusion to any legislation in favour of women—notably with reference to infant mortality and to alcoholism—whilst the suffrage was withheld. Substitute "destroyed" or "reversed" for "chastened," and you have a more typical result in quite well-meaning men of sex-antagonism as many "advanced" ...
— Woman and Womanhood - A Search for Principles • C. W. Saleeby

... the "return to Nature" and the "new gospel of health," which are destined to free humanity from the destructive influences of alcoholism, red meat overeating, the dope and tobacco habit, and of drug poisoning, vaccination, surgical mutilation, vivisection and a thousand other abuses practiced in ...
— Nature Cure • Henry Lindlahr

... blow would be intensified by a weak state of health. I don't wish to rake up anything against the poor fellow's memory, or to say any word that may cause you pain, Mr Westray, as his friend; but an examination of the body revealed traces of chronic alcoholism. We must ...
— The Nebuly Coat • John Meade Falkner

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