alcoholo-, alcohol-, alcoho-

(Arabic > Latin: alcohol, originally an "essence or very fine powder")

A finely pulverized antimony ore or metallic powder used for painting the eyelids that is related to Hebrew kahal.

The term comes from Arabic al-kuhl which is from al-, "the" and kohl or kuhl, "antimony sulfide".

alcoholometry (s) (noun), alcoholometries (pl)
The process or method of ascertaining the proportion of pure alcohol which spirituous liquors contain.
alcoholophilia (s) (noun), alcoholophilias (pl)
A craving or strong desire for intoxicating drinks or other fermented liquids: When Jack was very depressed he had a spell of alcoholophilia which he thought would make his problems less dramatic and troublesome.
alcoholophobia (s) (noun), alcoholophobias (pl)
An extreme hatred and dread of drunkenness: Mary is overwhelmed with alcoholophobia, because, as she grew up with parents who drank too many intoxicating beverages, she swore that she would never come in contact with this poisonous substance in any form and she even avoided medicine containing it.
A fear of alcoholism.
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People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

—Ann Landers

O God! that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains.

—Cassio, in Othello by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

—Seneca (c. A..D. 5-65); Roman writer, philosopher, statesman
alcoholuria (s) (noun), alcoholurias (pl)
The existence of alcohol in the urine.
alcoholysis (s) (noun), alcoholyses (pl)
1. Splitting a chemical bond with the addition of the elements of alcohol at the point of splitting.
2. A reaction in which a chemical bond is broken by the addition of alcohol.
alcoholytic (adjective)
A reference to chemical decomposition resulting from the interaction of a compound and an alcohol: "An alcoholytic reaction is one in which a chemical bond is broken by the addition of alcohol."
alcosol (s) (noun), alcosols (pl)
In chemistry, a solution made with a mixture of a colloid (two or more substances mixed together) and an alcohol.
alcovinometer (s) (noun), alcovinometers (pl)
An instrument used to measure the degree of alcoholic content in wine.
Health: Alcohol and Brain Alterations
The dangers of alcohol to the brain and bodily functions.
Health: Alcohol and Brain Alterations: Hygeia
Greek: Hygeia (goddess)
Latin: (no equivalent)

Various spellings: Hygeia, Hygea, Hygia; personification of health and healthy. We now have the derived word hygiene, the science of health, pertaining to health, healthful, living well; the science that deals with the upkeep of health; system of principles or rules for preserving and/or promoting health.

Hygeia, goddess of health.
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hyperalcoholemia (s) (noun)
An excessive amount of ethanol in the blood.
non-alcoholic, nonalcoholic (adjective)
Without alcohol or containing no more than trace amounts of alcohol.
polyalcohol (s) (noun), polyalcohols (pl)
An alcohol, such as glycerol, that contains more than two hydroxy groups (consisting of one atom of hydrogen and one of oxygen).
workaholic (s) (noun), workaholics (pl)
1. In lexicomedy: Someone who gets drunk every time anyone talks about tasks, jobs, chores, or duties:

At a grave in a cemetery, two women are visiting. One woman says, "I understand he was a workaholic." The other woman responds, "He was . . . but, he drank at home, too."

—"Wizard of Id" comic strip, October 24, 2007.
2. A person who occupies himself or herself compulsively with business matters: While the term workaholic generally implies that someone enjoys his or her job very much, quite often that person is also obsessed with it.
3. Etymology: coined from work with the second element abstracted from alcoholic.

This provides us with the old Rodney Dangerfield joke: "My old man was a workaholic and every time he thought about work, he got drunk."

Someone who is obsessively occupied with work.
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