The other day I wondered.. what is the definition of a ‘drunkard’?
- Drinks everyday without getting drunk?
- Gets drunk easily?
- Drinks regularly and gets drunk?
- Drinks regularly without getting drunk?
I come across people from all 4 categories.. and ask myself; “Is he a drunkard?”
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.”
Traditionally a drunkard was easy to identify… someone who would come home after work.. drink… and then beat his wife… or maybe just drink everyday… and then lose control.
It is a little more complicated now… most people drink… most drink regularly… for some the alcohol affects after many drinks… for others few drinks are enough. Everyone has a different limit… what is termed as excessive? For me… more than 3 drinks is excessive… for another it could be 10 drinks… who decides?
I have friends who used to drink everyday… now they drink regularly or infrequently… are they drunkards??? Or were they drunkards earlier? Or they don’t come under the category?
What are your views?