(plural: ‘alcoholics‘; pronunciation: the letters ‘c’ and ‘c’ are said with a ‘k’ sound as in “king”)
a person who gets into the habit of drinking too much alcohol (brandy, whiskey, etc.) and is unable to give up the habit though it damages his/her health and wealth, and cannot live without drinking, and tries to do anything to get some money to buy some drink;
An alcoholic, like any other addict, is a danger to his/her family, friends and the society as he/she tends to commit crimes in a drunken condition or to get money to get into a drunken condition!
There are several rehabilitation centres where an alcoholic can get some help and treatment that might cure his/her habit of drinking.