What is Dipsomania?

Legal Definition
Dipsomania is a historical term describing a medical condition involving an uncontrollable craving for alcohol. In the 19th century, dipsomania was a variety of alcohol-related problems, most of which are known today as alcoholism. Dipsomania is occasionally still used to describe a particular condition of periodic, compulsive bouts of alcohol intake. The idea of dipsomania is important for its historical role in promoting a disease theory of chronic drunkenness. The word comes from Greek dipso ("δίψα"= thirst) and mania.

It is still mentioned in the WHO ICD-10 classification as an alternative description for Alcohol Dependence Syndrome, episodic use F10.26
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
the term meaning the uncontrollable addiction to alcohol or a mental illness featuring habitual intoxication.
Legal Definition
Practically the same thing as metho-mania, except that the irresistible impulse to intoxication is extended by some writers to include the use of such drugs as opium or cocaine as well as alcohol. See State v. Reidell, 9 Houst. (Del) 470, 14 Atl. 550; Ballard v. State, 19 Neb. 609, 28 N. W. 271.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
An uncontrollable desire for intoxicants. See 19 Neb. 614, 28 N. W. 271.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary