Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    One who by habitual use of intoxicants is deprived of reasonable self-control. See 23 Colo. 87, 33 L. R. A. 832, 46 Pac. 117.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    He is a drunkard whose habit it is to get drunk; whose ebriety has become habitual. The terms "drunkard" and "habitual drunkard" mean the same thing. Com. v. Whitney, 5 Gray (Mass.) 85; Gourlay v. Gourlay, 16 R. I. 705, 19 Atl. 142. A "common" drunkard is defined by statute in some states as a person who has been convicted of drunkenness (or proved to have been drunk) a certain number of times within a limited period. State v. Kelly, 12 R. I. 535; State v. Fiynn, 16 R. I. 10, 11 Atl. 170. Elsewhere the word "common" in this connection is understood as being equivalent to "habitual," (State v. Savage, 89 Ala. 1, 7 South. 183, 7 L. R. A. 426; Co.m. v. McNamee, 112 Mass. 286; State v. Ryan, 70 Wis. 676, 36 N. W. 823 ;) or perhaps as synonymous with "public," (Co.m. v. Whitney, 5 Gray [Mass.] 86.)