drunkenness

drunkenness
State of intoxication. The condition of a person whose mind is affected by the consumption of intoxicating drinks; the state of one who is "drunk." The effect produced upon the mind or body by drinking intoxicating liquors to such an extent that the normal condition of the subject is changed and his capacity for rational action and conduct is substantially lessened.
While some states have decriminalized public drunkenness (e.g. Mass.), there is no constitutional infirmity in a criminal statute which penalizes being drunk in public. Powell v. Texas, 392 U.S. 514, 88 S.Ct. 2145, 20 L.Ed.2d 1254

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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