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View in Spanish: Alcoholismo

Alcoholism (AL-kuh-HAW-LIH-zum)
A disease in which a person craves alcohol, is unable to limit his or her drinking, needs to drink greater amounts to get the same effect, and has withdrawal symptoms after stopping alcohol use. Alcoholism affects physical and mental health, and causes problems with family, friends, and work. Also called alcohol dependence.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.