1. habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms

Similar word(s): drunkenness, inebriation

Definition categories: state

2. an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

Similar word(s): dipsomania, potomania

Definition categories: motive, cacoethes, mania, passion