public intoxication

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public intoxication (uncountable)

  1. (law) The criminal offence of being drunk in a public place.
    • 1973, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Uniform Alcoholism and Intoxication Treatment Act (page 3)
      [] they urged State governments to adopt new comprehensive legislation in which alcoholism would be viewed as an illness and public intoxication would no longer be handled as a criminal offense.