Etymology
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alcoholic (adj.)

1790, "of or pertaining to alcohol;" see alcohol + -ic. Meaning "caused by drunkenness" is attested by 1872; meaning "habitually drunk" by 1910. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess, chronic drunkard, old rounder" is recorded from 1891; an earlier term for one was alcoholist (1877 in clinical writing, earlier in temperance literature this word simply meant "a drinker of alcohol"). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S.

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Definitions of alcoholic
1
alcoholic (adj.)
characteristic of or containing alcohol;
alcoholic drinks
alcoholic (adj.)
addicted to alcohol; "alcoholic expatriates in Paris"- Carl Van Doren;
Synonyms: alcohol-dependent
2
alcoholic (n.)
a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually;
Synonyms: alky / dipsomaniac / boozer / lush / soaker / souse
From wordnet.princeton.edu