Alcoholism commonly refers to any condition that results in the continued consumption of alcoholic beverages despite the health problems and negative social consequences it causes. Medical definitions describe alcoholism as a disease which results in a persistent use of alcohol despite negative consequences. Alcoholism may also refer to a preoccupation with or compulsion toward the consumption of alcohol and/or an impaired ability to recognize the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption.
- Alcoholism is the disease of more.
- Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story (1996), p. 57
- ‘Tis not the eating, nor ‘tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.
- John Selden, Table Talk, LVI.
- Another little drink wouldn't do us any harm.
- Wouldn't it be terrible if I quoted some reliable statistics which prove that more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol?
- No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness—or so good as drink.