Origin of alcoholism
Examples from the Web for alcoholism
This replaces the older “alcohol abuse” and even older “alcoholism,” which has been out of favor among scientists for decades.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics
November 25, 2014
One interpretation suggests he is the embodiment of whisky, a lewd allusion to a tenured tradition of Scottish alcoholism.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Consuming yagé is believed to be a general cure-all for almost anything: cancer, depression, alcoholism, etc.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
Do you have any history of dealing with alcoholism, or abuse?Patricia Arquette Uncut: Drunken Mischief with Johnny Depp, ‘True Romance’ Crush, and ‘Boyhood’
July 16, 2014
It appears, based on this chart, that alcoholism is a larger problem in the red states than in the blue.All the Grown-Up Hipsters Playing Kids’ Games
June 29, 2014
Smith, I believe you once proposed to write an article on Climate and Alcoholism.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Thus it is not alcoholism or the craving for drink which is inherited.
Their wives then become martyrs, especially in cases of alcoholism and paranoia.
He finally decided to send her to an asylum which I superintended, to cure her alcoholism.
In this family, alcoholism and its blastophthoria played a considerable part.
- a condition in which dependence on alcohol harms a person's health, social functioning, or family life
Word Origin and History for alcoholism
"disease of alcohol addiction," 1852, from alcohol + -ism, or else from Modern Latin alcoholismus, coined in 1852 by Swedish professor of medicine Magnus Huss (1807-1890) to mean what we now would call "alcohol poisoning." In earlier times, alcoholism would have been habitual drunkenness or some such term.
- The compulsive consumption of and psychophysiological dependence on alcoholic beverages.
- A chronic, progressive pathological condition, mainly affecting the nervous and digestive systems, caused by the excessive and habitual consumption of alcohol.chronic alcoholism
- Temporary mental disturbance and muscular incoordination caused by excessive consumption of alcohol.acute alcoholism
- A progressive, potentially fatal disease characterized by the excessive and compulsive consumption of alcoholic beverages and physiological and psychological dependence on alcohol. Chronic alcoholism usually results in liver and other organ damage, nutritional deficiencies and impaired social functioning.
A chronic disease associated with the excessive and habitual use of alcohol; the disease, if left unattended, worsens and can kill the sufferer. Alcoholism is marked by physical dependency and can cause disorders in many organs of the body, including the liver (see cirrhosis), stomach, intestines, and brain. It is also associated with abnormal heart rhythms, with certain cancers, and, because of loss of appetite, with poor nutrition. The cause of alcoholism is very complicated and most often involves a mixture of physical, psychological, and possibly genetic factors.