Definitions of alcoholism

  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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A diseased condition of the system, brought about by the continued use of alcoholic liquors. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic. (Morse & Flavin for the Joint Commission of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the American Society of Addiction Medicine to Study the Definition and Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alcoholism: in JAMA 1992;268:1012-4) Medical Dictionary DB
  5. A diseased condition produced by the too great use of fermented or distilled liquors. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Poisoning with alcohol. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  7. Condition produced by excessive use of alcohol. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  8. In medical jurisprudence. The pathological effect (as distinguished from physiological effect) of excessive indulgence in intoxicating liquors. It is acute when induced by excessive potations at one time or in the course of a single debauch. An attack of delirium tremens and alcoholic homicidal mania are examples of this form. It is chronic when resulting from the long- continued use of spirits in less quantities, as in the case of dipsomania. thelawdictionary.org
  9. Chronic excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages that leads to social, occupational, psychological and physiological problems. dictgcide_fs
  10. Psychological and physiological dependence on alcohol; sudden cessation of drinking may lead to withdrawal symptoms. dictgcide_fs
  11. Poisoning with alcohol; the condition of the system produced by the excessive use of alcohol. Acute a. produced by a single large dose or a few repeated doses of alcohol is characterized by mental excitement and confusion and incoordination of movement, manifested chiefly in the speech, gait, and the movements of the eye. This condition is followed by coma with signs of cerebral compression (stertor, sluggish pupils, slow full pulse). In fatal cases lesions are found in the ganglion cells of the brain, medulla, and cord. Chronic a., due to the long-continued use of alcoholic beverages, is marked by chronic gastro-enteritis, chronic pharyngitis and laryngitis, cirrhosis of the liver, neuritis, and general paralysis. Results of chronic or prolonged acute a. are delirium tremens and a diminished power of resistance against cold, injury, or disease. na
  12. Action of alcohol on human system. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. Morbid effects of excess in using alcoholic drinks. American pocket medical dictionary.
  14. The morbid phenomena due to excessive use in alcoholic beverages. Appleton's medical dictionary.