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alcoholic

[al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik] /ˌæl kəˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of alcohol.
2.
containing or using alcohol.
3.
caused by alcohol.
4.
suffering from alcoholism.
5.
preserved in alcohol.
noun
6.
Pathology. a person suffering from alcoholism.
7.
a person addicted to intoxicating drinks.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; alcohol + -ic
Related forms
alcoholically, adverb
prealcoholic, adjective
semialcoholic, adjective
Synonyms
6. See drunkard.
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British Dictionary definitions for prealcoholic

alcoholic

/ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk/
noun
1.
a person affected by alcoholism
adjective
2.
of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol
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Word Origin and History for prealcoholic

alcoholic

adj.

1790, "of or pertaining to alcohol;" see alcohol + -ic. Meaning "caused by drunkenness" is attested by 1872; meaning "habitually drunk" by 1910. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess, chronic drunkard, old rounder" is recorded from 1891; earlier alcoholist (1888). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. Alky is first recorded 1844 as a slang shortening of "alcoholic liquor;" 1960 in the sense of "a drunkard."

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prealcoholic in Medicine

alcoholic al·co·hol·ic (āl'kə-hô'lĭk)
adj.

  1. Related to or resulting from alcohol.

  2. Containing or preserved in alcohol.

  3. Suffering from alcoholism.

n.
A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.
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