Prejudice and Alcoholism

Alcoholism Prejudice, sometimes referred to as alcoholic prejudice, is the preconceived and unfavourable judgement of people who have difficulty in controlling their drinking.


Wikipedia provides this definition of prejudice:

The word prejudice refers to prejudgement: i.e. making a decision before becoming of the relevant facts of a case.In recent times, the word has come to be most often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality or other personal characteristics. It can also refer to unfounded beliefs[1] and may include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence."[2] Gordon Allport defined prejudice as a "feeling, favorable or unfavorable, toward a person or thing, prior to, or not based on, actual experience

The Disease of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is classed as a disease. It is an addictive illness, known also as "alcohol abuse", or "alcohol dependence"

People who suffer from this disease are generally known as alcoholics, or problem drinkers.

Derogatory names for people suffering from alcoholism

Derogatory names for someone suffering from the disease of alcoholism include piss-head, wino, drunkard, drinker, dipsomaniac (Greek: dispa=drinks, mania-madness/frenzy) lush, drunk, boozer, soak and alky.

Calling someone an "alcoholic" is a derogatory remark.  This in itself illustrates the prejudice that exists against anyone who has the disease of alcoholism.