"disease of alcohol addiction," 1852, from alcohol + -ism, or else from Modern Latin alcoholismus, coined in 1852 by Swedish professor of medicine Magnus Huss (1807-1890) to mean what we now would call "alcohol poisoning." In earlier times, alcoholism would have been habitual drunkenness or some such term.
1. In many ways, our society actively promotes alcoholism.
2. the social stigma of alcoholism
3. Alcoholism often leads to the alienation of family and friends.