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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishalcoholical‧co‧hol‧ic1 /ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk◂ $ -ˈhɒː-/ ●●○ adjective  1 DRUNKrelating to alcohol or containing alcohol opp nonalcoholic alcoholic drinks2 DRUNKcaused by drinking alcohol an alcoholic stupor
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alcoholicHow do you know if you are alcoholic?About 15 percent admit to having drunk more than five alcoholic beverages in a row during the previous two weeks.The store was cited four times for selling alcoholic beverages to minors during a three-year period that began in 1994.alcoholic beveragesWell the good news is that red wine is not the only alcoholic drink that may protect against heart disease.John lives his life in an alcoholic haze.They develop in about 10% of patients with acute alcoholic pancreatitis.In this interpretation, Benjamin has been tainted by his relationship with Mrs Robinson and her alcoholic self-loathing.Then it was one thing after another, his obese stage, his alcoholic stage.But discretion was difficult in his alcoholic state.
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alcoholicalcoholic2 ●○○ noun [countable]  MIDRUNKsomeone who regularly drinks too much alcohol and has difficulty stopping
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alcoholicBy 1933 his career was over and he was broke and an alcoholic.Another inspiring figure was Keith Chegwin, who also showed great courage by admitting on television that he is an alcoholic.I usually have a drink or two after work, but I don't think I'm an alcoholic.It says Exxon recklessly contributed to the accident by knowingly placing an alcoholic in command of the supertanker.But it will not tell addiction professionals how to deal better with addicts and alcoholics.She was like a cured alcoholic who finds he can take a drink without again becoming addicted.Many alcoholics do not realize that they have a problem until it is too late.Fat droplet accumulation in acinar cells has been observed as the earliest morphologic alteration in the pancreas of alcoholics.Those who hung around bars after work all night were either singles or alcoholics.
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