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alcoholism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alcoholism  \Al"co*hol*ism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  alcoolisme.]  (Med.) 
  A  diseased  condition  of  the  system,  brought  about  by  the 
  continued  use  of  alcoholic  liquors. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alcoholism 
  n  1:  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},  {drunkenness}] 
  2:  an  intense  persistent  desire  to  drink  alcoholic  beverages  to 
  excess  [syn:  {dipsomania},  {potomania}] 




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