Meaning of “Aruchu(アル中)”

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“Aruchu(アル中)” means alcoholic.
“Aru(アル)” is an abbreviation for “Alcohol(アルコール)”.
“Chu(中)” is an abbreviation for Chudoku(中毒)” which means addict.
We use this word in both cases “kind of joke” and “serious”.

Example Conversation

A: I drink over a bottle of wine every night.
B: Seriously? Are you aruchu(アル中)?
A: What? It’s normal, isn’t it?

A: 私毎晩1本以上ワイン開けてるよ
B: え、まじで?アル中なの?
A: え、普通でしょ?

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