Drunkard

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Drunkard

One who habitually engages in the overindulgence of alcohol.

In order for an individual to be labeled a drunkard, drunkenness must be habitual or must recur on a constant basis. A person who regularly drinks heavily but is sometimes not under the influence of alcohol would be considered a drunkard, whereas a person who occasionally gets drunk would not. The test is the question of whether or not excessive drinking has become a frequent behavior pattern for a particular person.

References in classic literature ?
I shall get nothing from these fools," he muttered; "and I am very much afraid of being here between a drunkard and a coward.
As haggard and as shabby, as if, for want of custom, it had itself taken to drinking, and had gone the way all drunkards go, and was very near the end of it.
It may be the companionship of the nightly stir, or it may be the companionship of the gin and beer that slop about among carters and hucksters, or it may be the companionship of the trodden vegetable refuse which is so like their own dress that perhaps they take the Market for a great wardrobe; but be it what it may, you shall see no such individual drunkards on doorsteps anywhere, as there.
This habit develops into a necessity in some drunkards, and especially in those who are looked after sharply and kept in order at home.
Behind Ed Griffith's saloon old Jerry Bird the town drunkard lay asleep on the ground.
And so," she said, "here we are, ruined in the prime of our youth and strength, you by a drunkard, and I by a fool; it is very hard.
Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster.
By that time, I was staggering on the kitchen floor like a little drunkard, through having been newly set upon my feet, and through having been fast asleep, and through waking in the heat and lights and noise of tongues.
So he hastened his steps lest he should meet some one on his way to the mosque, who, seeing his condition, would send him to prison as a drunkard.
Of Alexander, whose deeds won him the name of Great, they say that he was somewhat of a drunkard.
John was no drunkard, though he could at times exceed; and the picture of Houston drinking neat spirits at his hall-table struck him with something like disgust.
Yes, it is even said of me that I am "united to a drunkard.