Dipsophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of drinking alcohol. Sufferers of dipsophobia experience undue anxiety about addiction to alcohol and the effect this addiction can have on their body. (However, their abstinence from alcohol certainly should not be criticized.)
“Dipsophobia” is derived from the Greek “dipsa” (thirst) and “phobos” (fear). “Dipsa” is also used to form the words “dipsomania” (an abnormal craving for alcohol) and “dipsosis” (a medical condition characterized by abnormal thirst).
Dipsosis: Excessive thirst; overwhelming desire for water or another liquid. Dipsosis may occur when the amount of water in the body falls below normal. Any activity that causes perspiration can deplete the body’s water supply and trigger dipsosis. So can fever, anxiety, sunburn and heat exhaustion. Other causes of water loss and dipsosis include the […]
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