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|Gabrielle Glaser|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Consuming yagé is believed to be a general cure-all for almost anything: cancer, depression, alcoholism, etc.
Do you have any history of dealing with alcoholism, or abuse?Patricia Arquette Uncut: Drunken Mischief with Johnny Depp, ‘True Romance’ Crush, and ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It appears, based on this chart, that alcoholism is a larger problem in the red states than in the blue.
"Yes," answered Agg, who at the mirror was wiping from her face the painted signs of alcoholism.The Roll-Call|Arnold Bennett
Alcoholism grows by what it feeds on, and our best efforts are often vain.The Lettsomian Lectures 1900-1901|J. Mitchell Bruce
Among them we concede the destruction, if I may say so, of alcoholism.Huts in Hell|Daniel A. Poling
Its evil potency is greatly enhanced by the facility with which it weds alcoholism, and breeds tuberculosis, cancer, and paranoia.Defenseless America|Hudson Maxim
The Filipino peoples will never become victims of alcoholism.The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2)|Dean Conant Worcester
British Dictionary definitions for alcoholism
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.
Medicine definitions for alcoholism
Science definitions for alcoholism
Culture definitions for alcoholism
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.