dipsomania

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dipsomania

a compulsive desire to drink alcoholic beverages
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a pair of pants, a dipsomaniacal concierge (Kane), a jilted husband and, ultimately, the police.
Through facial expressions or gestures, Lypsinka morphs from Donna Reed reincarnated to a mush-mouthed dipsomaniacal rendering of ``The Twelve Days of Christmas.
From "The Poorhouse Fair" through the splendid Rabbit chronicles, "Couples" and other works, Updike's philandering car salesmen, dipsomaniacal wives, nearsighted dentists, gloomy golf pros, drug-ruined sons and frustrated building contractors are afflicted by the tug-of-war yearnings of flesh and spirit.