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alcoholismal‧co‧hol‧is‧m /ˈælkəhɒlɪzəm $ -hɒː-/ noun [uncountable]  MIthe medical condition of being an alcoholic
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alcoholismConditions such as diabetes, heart complaints, multiple sclerosis and alcoholism should be declared.Many damaging consequences can result from being a heavy drinker but alcoholism does not come simply from drinking too much.It also occurs in alcoholism, diabetic ketoacidosis, and in patients taking antacids which bind phosphate in the gut.Their love of wine leads to raised levels of alcoholism, for one thing, which balances out the supposed benefits.Moon died in 1978, after an overdose of the prescribed drug he was taking to ease himself out of alcoholism.The authors of the study conclude that the flushing response probably deters individuals from drinking-or from drinking enough to trigger alcoholism.
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