How do you say alcoholic in Italian?

Describing alcoholism in Italian:

The best way to say alcoholic, as in someone who is addicted to alcohol, is alcolista [all-coh-LEE-stah].

É un alcolista.
He is an alcoholic.

Another way to address it is:

Ho problemi con l’alcol.
I have a drinking problem.

You may see alcolizzato in the dictionary for alcoholic. This is true, but it has a strong negative connotation implying a degenerate or a drunkard, much like ubriacone. Alcolista is a more moderate term without the negative connotation.

Of course, if you want to say a drink is alcoholic, you say alcolico or bevanda alcolica. A non-alcoholic drink is a bevanda analcolica.

Alcoholics Anonymous is found all over the world, including Italy. If you want to go to a meeting in Italy and you want to be able to say the basic line “My name is — and I am an alcoholic,” you can use alcolista here. In fact, the name of the famous organization in Italian is Alcolisti Anonimi.

Ciao, mi chiamo Sam e sono alcolista.
Hi, my name is Sam, and I am an alcoholic.

Here is a translation of information on AA from the Alcolisti Anonimi website:

Alcolisti Anonimi è un’associazione di uomini e donne che mettono in comune la loro esperienza, forza e speranza al fine di risolvere il loro problema comune e di aiutare altri a recuperarsi dall’alcolismo.
Alcoholic Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism.

L’unico requisito per divenirne membri è desiderare smettere di bere.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Non vi sono quote o tasse per essere membri di A.A.; noi siamo autonomi mediante i nostri propri contributi.
There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

A.A. non è affiliata ad alcuna setta, confessione, idea politica, organizzazione o istituzione; non intende impegnarsi in alcuna controversia, né sostenere od opporsi ad alcuna causa.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Il nostro scopo primario è rimanere sobri e aiutare altri alcolisti a raggiungere la sobrietà.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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