Habitual Drunkenness Law and Legal Definition

Habitual drunkenness refers to frequent and repeated intoxication by excessive indulgence in intoxicating liquor. It is the excess consumption of alcoholic beverages despite physical, mental, social, or economic harm. Habitual drunkenness will result in a fixed habit and involuntary tendency to become intoxicated whenever the temptation is present. Such persons who indulge in intoxication will not have the power to control the appetite for the intoxicant. The habit should be actual and confirmed. There is no need of daily or continuous intoxication to confirm habitual drunkenness.

In the U.S., drunken driving is a criminal offense. Habitual drunkenness is a ground for divorce in the U.S. Habitual drunkenness can also be alleged in domestic violence cases.