habitually drunken
   A journalistic evasion:
    ... obituaries are simply eulogies of the great and the good, any of whose peccadillos (unusual sexual tastes, drunkenness and so on) are tactfully powdered over with euphemism ('flamboyant', 'convivial' etc.) (Lewis Jonesin Daily Telegraph, 1 December 1994)
   Whence conviviality, drunkenness:
    Randolph, easily diverted by conviviality, had not been a spectacular success as a correspondent. (Whicker, 1982 — Randolph Churchill was an alcoholic and an unreliable journalist)

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