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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [al-kuh-haw-liz-uh m, -ho-]
    • /ˈæl kə hɔˌlɪz əm, -hɒ-/
    • /ˈæl.kə.hɒl.ɪ.zəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [al-kuh-haw-liz-uh m, -ho-]
    • /ˈæl kə hɔˌlɪz əm, -hɒ-/

Definitions of alcoholism word

  • uncountable noun alcoholism People who suffer from alcoholism cannot stop drinking large quantities of alcohol. 3
  • noun alcoholism a condition in which dependence on alcohol harms a person's health, social functioning, or family life 3
  • noun alcoholism the habitual or compulsive consumption of alcoholic liquor to excess 3
  • noun alcoholism a chronic diseased condition marked by psychological and nutritional disorders, caused by the compulsive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic liquor 3
  • noun alcoholism a 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. 1
  • noun alcoholism An addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. 1

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Origin of alcoholism

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
First recorded in 1855-60; alcohol + -ism

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Parts of speech for Alcoholism


alcoholism popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for alcoholism

noun alcoholism

  • crapulence — sickness caused by excess in drinking or eating
  • addiction — Addiction is the condition of taking harmful drugs and being unable to stop taking them.
  • drunkenness — intoxicated; drunk.
  • substance abuse — long-term, pathological use of alcohol or drugs, characterized by daily intoxication, inability to reduce consumption, and impairment in social or occupational functioning; broadly, alcohol or drug addiction.
  • dipsomania — an irresistible, typically periodic craving for alcoholic drink.

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