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    Hi,

    What is the English for a man whose mental faculties have been benumbed by long and hard drinking? (Simply a drunkard whose head is empty)

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    Re: Alcoholic

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Hi,

    What is the English for a man whose mental faculties have been benumbed by long and hard drinking? (Simply a drunkard whose head is empty)
    Punchy​ is one possibility.
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    Re: Alcoholic

    I can't think of a single word, but we sometimes refer to such people as having killed too many brain cells.

    We also sometimes say their mind is gone, but you'd need some additional context to clarify that alcohol was the problem as opposed to mental health issues such as Alzheimer's or other trauma.

    Soft-headed might also work, but again you'd need context to clarify you weren't speaking about other mental deficiencies.
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    He/his brain could be "alcohol-addled" or "booze-addled".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    You could say that they have been impaired by drink.

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    I don't tend to think of impaired as being permanent, though. I suppose it's because I associate 'impaired' with the legal definitions for DUI or DWI, so I tend to think of it as short-term, and being actually inebriated.
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    An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do.
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    You could call them 'addled', but again it's not exclusive to alcohol.
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