alcoholism

alcoholism
noun Date: 1860 1. continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks 2. a. poisoning by alcohol b. a chronic disorder marked by excessive and usually compulsive drinking of alcohol leading to psychological and physical dependence or addiction

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