Certain words may sound the same way as far as alcohol use is concerned but they mean different things though they areand interwoven. The definition of each of the words and other would give us a clearer understanding of what they are.
An alcohol: This is the intoxicating part of any drink fermented from sugar. It is also defined as drinks that can make people drunk; this include beer, wine, whisky, etc. It is also the volatile liquid distilled from fermented saccharine liquids and which forms the basis of all wines and spirits.
An alcoholic: This is a person addicted to the use of alcoholic beverages in excess. Simply put, it’s a person addicted to excessive, uncontrolled consumption of alcohol. The person involved has become used to drinking alcohol in large quantity, drinks regularly and finds it difficult to stop it. Trying to stop its use abruptly could lead to some illnesses.
ism: A state of poisoning which arises from consumption. It is a medical condition which arises as a result of regular consumption of alcohol in high quantity.
Drunkard: A person who gives in tointake. This term has now been replaced with ‘alcoholic’.
Hangover: It is the body’s reaction to excessive alcohol taken the previous day or over a short period of time. The signs and symptoms of hangover include headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal spasm, tremor, etc and they usually start 8-12 hours after the consumption of high quantity of alcohol.
The of some of the drinks are as follows: Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) =95%, Whisky =40%, Wine = 10-14% and local beer =3.5- 5%.
An alcoholic needs an alcohol to be able to get drunk and it is the drink itself that makes him what he is. So when next you hear the name you should be aware that the terms are applied specifically to the individual who indulges in excessive alcohol ingestion.