Definition of alcoholic in US English:

alcoholic

adjective

  • 1Containing or relating to alcoholic liquor.

    ‘beer is the favorite alcoholic drink’
    • ‘Alcohol stimulates candida growth, so avoid wine, beer, hard alcoholic drinks, fermented apple cider and root beer.’
    • ‘Our observer noted that the enemy was having some sort of party, which included the consumption of alcoholic beverages.’
    • ‘They involve music, dancing, and the consumption of alcoholic beverages such as chicha, brewed from corn.’
    • ‘Islamic law forbids the consumption of alcoholic beverages, but this prohibition often is ignored.’
    • ‘Even the drinks are opening up as an area where flavours are being added to give consumers a ready-mixed alcoholic beverage, said a spokesman for Kerry.’
    • ‘You mean those highly alcoholic flavored liquor drinks?’
    • ‘The villagers showed us how they collect lontar palm juice, and distill it into an alcoholic drink either fine or rough, sold cheaply in the market for local consumption.’
    • ‘It can also be soured into vinegar and fermented into an alcoholic drink.’
    • ‘She may have already consumed a few small alcoholic beverages to toast her 21st birthday, but the following transcript is somewhat tough to comprehend.’
    • ‘Caught in a downward spiral of depression, dissipation and alcoholic excess, Boswell died on 19 May 1795.’
    • ‘At least 137 people have died in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi after drinking an alcoholic brew laced with methanol.’
    • ‘The meal is served with akevitt (strong distilled alcoholic drink) and beer.’
    • ‘Alcari was a strong mixture of alcoholic drinks and distilled milk.’
    • ‘A popular Greek drink is ouzo, a strong alcoholic drink flavored with anise.’
    • ‘The items of interest in this study are nine items related to the consumption of any alcoholic beverages or drugs.’
    • ‘Musical genius, gifted writer, indubitable king of narcotic and alcoholic excess, Zevon now shows us that, in the face of oblivion, he also has balls the size of cantaloupes.’
    • ‘However, the customer is lying down as a result of a disability rather than alcoholic consumption.’
    • ‘In general, however, in India as in Britain, policy equated opium with alcoholic spirits, whose consumption should be regulated but not prohibited.’
    • ‘Yet such indulgence is often the way, as people laugh off alcoholic excess while working themselves into a righteous moral lather over something smelly in a cigarette.’
    • ‘Then Jack Daniel's, with alcoholic Hard Cola drinks available at the corner grocery.’
    intoxicating, inebriating, containing alcohol
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    1. 1.1 Caused by the excessive consumption of alcohol.
      ‘alcoholic liver disease’
      • ‘Clinical trials with PPC are ongoing in patients with alcoholic liver disease.’
      • ‘They are viral infections; alcoholic liver disease; drug induced Hepatitis.’
      • ‘Between 1997 and 2004, rates of alcoholic liver disease rocketed by 41%.’
      • ‘Liver transplantation for patients with alcoholic liver disease raises issues and controversies not seen with other indications.’
      • ‘Female alcoholics are more vulnerable to developing alcoholic cirrhosis.’
      • ‘If you had an alcoholic liver disease, the liver does not then metabolise oestrogens correctly in the body, and you end up with a rise in oestrogens.’
      • ‘An excess of deaths from liver disease was seen in only two of the five cohorts studied by Seeff et al, and these were the only two cohorts not to have excluded patients with alcoholic liver disease.’
      • ‘The half-lives of the metabolites but not bupropion itself are increased in patients with alcoholic liver disease.’
      • ‘Cirrhosis is the final phase of alcoholic liver disease.’
      • ‘Elevated liver enzymes are found in 18 percent of older alcoholics, and may indicate alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver or cirrhosis.’
      • ‘Proteins made in microtubules of the liver cells cannot be released and lead to enlarged balloon-like cells, the hallmark of alcoholic liver disease.’
      • ‘Yet these specialists still rated the patient with the poorest prognosis as more suitable than the patients with alcoholic liver disease or a criminal record.’
      • ‘Patients with autoimmune liver disease, drug-induced hepatitis and alcoholic liver injury were excluded.’
      • ‘Although alcoholic liver disease remains a controversial indication for transplantation, carefully selected patients do well.’
      • ‘Alcoholics are very prone to developing alcoholic liver disease and finally end up with liver cirrhosis and liver failure.’
      • ‘These lesions, well-described in many textbooks of physical diagnosis, are clearly related to chronic alcoholic liver disease.’
      • ‘A lot of the people we see with alcoholic liver disease live normal lives.’
      • ‘This could play a role in the growing rate of alcoholic liver disease in Mexican-Americans.’
      • ‘If you're actively drinking, almost no center in the United States will transplant you, if it's caused alcoholic liver failure.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Suffering from alcoholism.
      ‘his alcoholic daughter was the cause of his anxiety’
      • ‘His family life was even more disconnected, another family man with a rebellious teen-age daughter and alcoholic wife.’
      • ‘It opens with the matchmaking of the daughter of a retired military officer with an alcoholic, unemployed man.’
      • ‘Telly joins forces with Ash, an ex-ice hockey star, now alcoholic waster, whose daughter was also on the fated plane.’
      • ‘Experts tell us that daughters in alcoholic families end up not placing a high value on themselves.’
      • ‘Dorothea Dix was born in Hampden, Maine, the daughter of an alcoholic Methodist preacher who was the black sheep of a wealthy merchant family.’
      • ‘A success in her career, who's the product of a broken home, the daughter of an alcoholic philanderer.’
      • ‘Caught between an alcoholic father and a mother suffering from depression, the ninth child of ten vowed to rise above the drama and accomplish great things.’
      • ‘The daughter of an alcoholic mother is on holiday in Skegness.’
      • ‘The performances are excellent, with Spencer conveying the emotions and suffering Tony endures admirably and Rush, as his alcoholic, abusive father is wonderful.’
      • ‘The only caregiver was her first daughter, herself married with an alcoholic husband and mother of a Down's syndrome daughter.’
      • ‘She wonders if she is doing any better by her daughter than her own alcoholic and absent mother did by her.’
      • ‘She's pushing 83 and having to parent her alcoholic daughter all over again.’
      • ‘The eldest daughter of an alcoholic, self-important Lancashire bootmaker marries his boot-hand and sets up a rival business.’
      • ‘Attractive single mother Loretta has obviously suffered sexual abuse from her alcoholic father and has learnt to use bodily charms to manipulate susceptible males.’
      • ‘She describes her youth in Sligo as chaotic, being the daughter of alcoholic parents.’
      • ‘The author did, in fact, suffer a nervous breakdown and alcoholic collapse at the cabin, but recuperated with the help of ‘Larry’, who had become a very close friend.’
      • ‘Well, Pelzer suffered the most horrendous abuse from his alcoholic mother that California had ever seen dealt to a child, but, most importantly, he survived.’
      • ‘Red Lights concerns an arguing couple who split up during a road trip, which leads to a horrific 24 hours wherein the alcoholic protagonist suffers all kinds of torture trying to get back to his wife.’

noun

  • A person suffering from alcoholism.

    • ‘Since its foundation AA has helped hundreds of suffering alcoholics to achieve daily sobriety.’
    • ‘A nurse who pioneered new ways of treating alcoholics in East Lancashire has been honoured by his profession.’
    • ‘Certainly both my parents were alcoholics, and mentally ill at the same time.’
    • ‘This could explain why chronic alcoholics often need an early morning drink just to get going.’
    • ‘What I mean is that some people are alcoholics and some are hooked to drugs.’
    • ‘Soon it became standard for down-and-outs, alcoholics and drug addicts to give their blood for easy cash.’
    • ‘Early studies found male alcoholics to be overwhelmingly pathologically jealous.’
    • ‘I want to help alcoholics and addicts and their loved ones who endure them.’
    • ‘The vast majority of amnesic patients are chronic alcoholics, suffering from Korsakoff's syndrome.’
    • ‘We've got the all out no hopers total alcoholics and then there's the younger hardened drinker set.’
    • ‘For smokers, like alcoholics, a seemingly minor slip is inevitably followed by a relapse.’
    • ‘The first, a satire, is about the attempts of a fanatical doctor to cure a group of alcoholics.’
    • ‘The TTK Hospital takes up the treatment and rehabilitation of the alcoholics at Chennai.’
    • ‘Research shows that children of alcoholics are more likely to become alcoholics themselves.’
    • ‘They were also concerned about Sparrow Hill being so close to Broadfield Park, which they said was used by alcoholics and drug users.’
    • ‘Because I believe the people who have told me that alcoholics react differently to alcohol.’
    • ‘Drug addicts, alcoholics, bulimics, anorexics, and sex addicts line up to claim social causes of their problems.’
    • ‘I'll bet I'm probably one of the few alcoholics who never smoked or took illegal drugs.’
    • ‘Two of my brothers are lonely alcoholics and drug addicts.’
    • ‘Seven of the 20th Century's Nobel Prize winners for Literature were alcoholics.’
    dipsomaniac, drunk, drunkard, hard drinker, heavy drinker, serious drinker, problem drinker, drinker, alcohol-abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem
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Pronunciation

alcoholic

/ˌalkəˈhôlik//ˌælkəˈhɔlɪk/