NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,299 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- alcohol dependence
- listen (AL-kuh-hol dee-PEN-dents)
- A chronic disease in which a person craves drinks that contain alcohol and is unable to control his or her drinking. A person with this disease also needs to drink greater amounts to get the same effect and has withdrawal symptoms after stopping alcohol use. Alcohol dependence affects physical and mental health, and can cause problems with family, friends, and work. Regular heavy alcohol intake increases the risk of several types of cancer. Also called alcoholism.