alcoholism :

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  • n  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
  • n  an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

  • Most physicians are convinced that alcoholism is, at bottom, a psychological disorder.
  • For years, evidence has been accumulating that alcoholism is at least in part an inherited disease.
  • From the rubble of a wasted life, he overcame alcoholism and founded the 12-step program that has helped millions of others do the same.
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  • Sebastian Horsley in The Associated Press
    Sebastian, the elder son of millionaire Nicholas Horsley, described a childhood full of "atheism, alcoholism and insanity."
  • Betty Hutton in MSNBC
    When I mentioned that I wanted to be a star, my mother thought I was nuts,Hutton recalled. "I thought if I became a star and got us out of poverty, she would quit drinking. I didn't know (alcoholism) was a disease; nobody did. There was no...
  • Mark Foley in FOXNews
    I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and other behavioral problems,Foley said in a statement released in Florida by his attorney, David Roth.

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