Definition of alcoholic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌælkəˈhɔːlɪk//
, NAmE//ˌælkəˈhɑːlɪk//
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 a person who regularly drinks too much alcohol and cannot easily stop drinking, so that it has become an illness Howe was turning into an alcoholic because of the stress of his job. I don’t think an alcoholic can dry out without proper medical help. see also lush See related entries: Addiction
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