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English definition of “alcoholic”

alcoholic

noun [C]     /ˌæl.kəˈhɒl.ɪk/ US  /-ˈhɑː.lɪk/ (slang alky, alkie)
C2 a person who is unable to give up the habit of drinking alcohol very often and in large amounts AddictionDrug addictionDrunkenness and sobriety
(Definition of alcoholic noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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