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Social ConnotationPlay
While 'alcoholic' is medically specific, it can bear a social stigma; use it sensitively. SlideHe sought help for his alcoholic tendencies without shame.
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Avoid JudgmentPlay
When describing someone, be factual rather than implying moral failure. SlideShe admitted she's an alcoholic and needs support.
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Non-experts often use 'alcoholic' casually; professionals use clinical terms. SlideMy uncle calls himself an alcoholic, but he's never been diagnosed.