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 drinks intoxicating liquors to such extent as in some manner to disqualify him from pursuing his avocation. See 79 Wis. 321, 24 Am. St. Rep. 717, 48 N. W. 555.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    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. Ludwick v. Co.m., 18 Pa. 174; Gourlay v. Gourlay, 16 R. I. 705, 19 Atl. 142; Miskey's Appeal, 107 Pa. 626; Richards v. Richards, 19 111. App. 467; Mc-Bee v. McBee, 22 Or. 329, 29 Pan. 887, 29 Am. St Rep. 613. One who has the habit of indulging in intoxicating liquors so firmly fixed that he becomes intoxicated as often as the temptation is presented by his being in the vicinity where liquors are sold is an "habitual drunkard," within the meaning of the divorce law. Magahay v. Magahay, 35 Mich. 2lO. In England, it is defined by the habitual drunkards' act, 1879, (42 & 43 Viet. c. 19.) which authorizes confinement in a retreat, upon the party's own application, as "a person who, not being amenable to any jurisdiction in lunacy, is, notwithstanding, by reason of habitual intemperate drinking of intoxicating liquor, at times dangerous to himself, or herself, or others, or incapable of managing himself or herself, or his or her affnirs."