Habitual drunkard

HABITUAL DRUNKARD. A person given to ebriety or the excessive use of intoxicating drink, who has lost the power or the will, by frequent indulgence, to control his appetite for it.
     2. By the laws of Pennsylvania an habitual drunkard is put nearly upon the same footing with a lunatic; he is deprived of his property, and a committee is appointed by the court to take care of his person and estate. Act of June 13, 1836, Pamph. p. 589. Vide 6 Watts' Rep. 139; 1 Ashm. R. 71.
     3. Habitual drunkenness, by statutory provisions in some of the states, is a sufficient cause for divorce. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 296.

References in classic literature ?
Nikita, though an habitual drunkard, was not drunk that day because since the last day before the fast, when he had drunk his coat and leather boots, he had sworn off drink and had kept his vow for two months, and was still keeping it despite the temptation of the vodka that had been drunk everywhere during the first two days of the feast.
The man of whom I speak was a low pantomime actor; and, like many people of his class, an habitual drunkard.
30 pm on Saturday, the officer explained, Ankit, allegedly a habitual drunkard, left his flat and went to meet friend Sunil in Badarpur.
Her testimony revealed that the couple had been happy until Hoduet began frequenting a ten-pin alley, which resulted in his becoming an habitual drunkard.
Under the 1902 Act, police could issue such cards to ensure those convicted of being an habitual drunkard were not served in local pubs.
If a licensing authority is satisfied, after giving the holder of a driving licence an opportunity of being heard, that he is a habitual criminal or habitual drunkard, it can disqualify the person from holding a driving licence," the law reads.
Under the 1902 Act, police could issue cards to ensure those convicted of being an habitual drunkard were not served in pubs.
If bartenders serve to any habitual drunkard or obviously intoxicated person, and that person then gets into an accident because they are drunk, then there can be liability,'' said Greg Keating, a USC law professor
But he has now been classed as an habitual drunkard, and excluded from all licensed premises.
Cleveland was described as a habitual drunkard and philanderer, and that he was being treated for a "malignant" disease.
Blyeth was an habitual drunkard and constantly spent time in Kirkheaton's alehouses - sometimes for several days and nights in a row.
For moralists, who see debt as a vice, they'll be happy to know that it's illegal in Iowa to run a tab and for those who like to subcontract their moral authority to bar owners, in Texas, a person commits an offence if he knowingly sells an alcoholic beverage to an habitual drunkard.