dry drunk

dry drunk

n
an alcoholic who is not currently drinking alcohol but is still following an irregular undisciplined lifestyle like that of a drunkard
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Bush it's drink, I imagine; perhaps he is what alcoholics call a "dry drunk." With Tony Blair other influences could be at work.
Indeed, before sipping a drink or taking a drug, an addict is a "dry drunk," effectively in relapse if he or she is experiencing RID.
If you look up "dry drunk" on the Internet, you will find a description of President George W.
It's a little scary having a dry drunk president who has a finger on the button.
It also has been alleged that Bush is what in the field of addictions therapy is referred to as a "dry drunk"--a former drinker who retains such traits of the alcoholic as impulsiveness, emotional volatility, and black-and-white thinking.
People who are involved with the disease will know that a person might not be drinking but they are not in recovery, they are what is known as a dry drunk - they might not have a glass in their hand but they act the same.
McCourt, 72 - himself a reformed alcoholic - brands former alcoholic Bush as a ''dry drunk'' who no longer takes alcohol but retains all the worst behaviours of the full-blown drinker.
I later learned I was on a dry drunk. The only thing I had done was to take the alcohol out of my life, and I was failing to put something back in its place.
This is what we call a "dry drunk." It's not the physical withdrawal that takes place in the first 48 to 72 hours of abstinence, and it's not clinical depression.
You can even be a "dry drunk" - an alcoholic not currently drinking, but still following the undisciplined lifestyle of a drunkard.
"I went off the drink for a long time, but I had Dry Drunk Syndrome where I was gasping for a drink.