- An addiction to alcohol, characterized by the compulsive consumption of alcohol despite the negative consequences.
- The condition of having a physical or psychological dependence on alcohol.
Late 19th century: from alcohol + -ism.
- Alcoholism can lead to serious health problems, including liver disease and neurological damage.
- Treatment for alcoholism often includes counseling, support groups, and medication.
- Many people with alcoholism struggle to control their drinking and may need help to stop.
- The family history of alcoholism increases the likelihood of developing the condition.
- Alcoholism is a chronic disease that can cause significant harm to the individual and their loved ones.