drinking like you're in college when you're no longer actually in college.
It was normal for Joe to drink this much in college, but now he just has alcoholism
by katiemac604 February 7, 2010
The only disease you can get yelled at for having.
Goddamnit Jimmy, you have lupus. Goddamnit Jimmy, you have alcoholism. One of those doesn't sound right.
by Jeremiah Collins April 3, 2015
A vague, ambiguous term referring to people who have lost control over their drinking, and is therefore having a negative impact on their life, such as work, relationships, or health. Somewhere along the line, for the sake of political correctness and to completely liberate people from responsibility for their own actions, Alcoholics Anonymous and other such groups started referring to alcoholism as a "disease". They claim that you CAN'T bring your drinking under control, you have to SURRENDER TO A HIGHER POWER, and you have to STOP DRINKING FOREVER, because you have a DISEASE, and are not responsible for your actions, but are in fact a VICTIM.

Calling alcoholism a disease is not only false and harmful, it is also offensive. Cancer is a disease. AIDS is a disease. Lyme disease is a disease. Alcoholism is an addiction, and addictions are a pattern of behavior, NOT a disease. Alcoholism can LEAD to disease, such as cirrhosis of the liver, but isn't itself a disease. You CHOOSE to drink. You don't choose to get AIDS or Cancer.

By calling it a disease, you are throwing your hands up, and saying "I can't help it! I have a disease! I'm a VICTIM." By saying "Damn, I drink way too much. I'm the one putting the drinks into my body, and only I alone can cut down or stop", you are empowering yourself to take control of your life. The power to stop is in YOU, not an imaginary "higher power".
"I know I don't need this next drink, but I can't help it! I have a disease! The disease of alcoholism! I'm gonna have several more drinks, because it's not my fault!"
by MACDAS December 30, 2008
An addiction to the consumption of alcoholic beverages. In no way, shape, or form is it a disease, despite what those pompous assholes at AA try to tell you. Why the hell every other psychoactive drug in the world gets people addicted, but alcohol magically inflicts a disease, is beyond me. Smokers aren't said to have a disease because they're unable to quit smoking. Drinkers who have the exact same problem shouldn't be tagged as 'having a disease' either, but they do in order to make the AA pricks feel like they're some kind of miracle workers for "curing people every day."
Bob: "I got exactly the news I didn't wanna get from my doctor today, Jim ..."

Jim: "Me too. I recently discovered I have alcoholism and need to get cured. My doctor told me this disease could be fatal if I don't get the necessary treatment to quit drinking."

Bob: "That's nice. My doctor informed me I've got brain cancer. Wanna trade 'diseases?' All you have to do is grow a pair, get some willpower, and stop buying the shit. I wish it were that easy for me. I'll be spending the next several months getting blasted with radiation and probably won't survive. Sorry to hear about your impending battle with quitting drinking though. Good luck, I'm sure it will be a tough road to travel."

Jim: "Thanks, you're a great friend. I'll need all the luck I can get."

Bob: "The apology and wishing luck was sarcasm, dumbass."
by insanity76 December 29, 2006
A person who becomes an asshole upon drinking any alcoholic substance.

Pronounced Ahl cuh hole
Jenny: I'm going to a party with John
Susan: Sounds fun! Will there be beer?
Jenny: Duh!
Susan: Well don't let John have any, he's a real alcohole.
by Lionchick January 18, 2009
The cause of, and solution to all life's problems.
To ALCOHOL: The cause of, and solution to all life's problems.
by Matt J September 6, 2005
One who destroys one's family, or the families of others.
He's an alcohol and it's destroying his family.
by your real name   October 17, 2010