Definition of alcoholic in English:


Line breaks: al¦co|hol¦ic
Pronunciation: /alkəˈhɒlɪk


1Containing or relating to alcohol: alcoholic liquor
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  • Alcohol stimulates candida growth, so avoid wine, beer, hard alcoholic drinks, fermented apple cider and root beer.
  • The meal is served with akevitt (strong distilled alcoholic drink) and beer.
  • Alcari was a strong mixture of alcoholic drinks and distilled milk.
1.1Caused by the excessive consumption of alcohol: alcoholic liver disease
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  • In England and Wales there are around 9,000 admissions to hospital each year from alcoholic liver disease and 800 deaths in patients under the age of 45.
  • Between 1997 and 2004, rates of alcoholic liver disease rocketed by 41%.
  • They are viral infections; alcoholic liver disease; drug induced Hepatitis.
2Suffering from alcoholism: his alcoholic daughter was the cause of his anxiety
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  • She's pushing 83 and having to parent her alcoholic daughter all over again.
  • A success in her career, who's the product of a broken home, the daughter of an alcoholic philanderer.
  • She describes her youth in Sligo as chaotic, being the daughter of alcoholic parents.


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A person suffering from alcoholism.
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  • The vast majority of amnesic patients are chronic alcoholics, suffering from Korsakoff's syndrome.
  • Drug addicts, alcoholics, bulimics, anorexics, and sex addicts line up to claim social causes of their problems.
  • Since its foundation AA has helped hundreds of suffering alcoholics to achieve daily sobriety.
dipsomaniac, drunk, drunkard, heavy/hard/serious drinker, problem drinker, drinker, alcohol-abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem;
US informal juicehead
Australian/New Zealand hophead, metho
vulgar slang pisshead, piss artist

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