Most jurisdictions recognize habitual drunkenness either as an independent ground for divorce or consider it as a factor in determining some other wrong. An examination of the cited cases indicates that the drunkenness complained of must produce some adverse effect upon the family, either of a mental, physical, or economic nature. The courts, in guarding the marital institution, will not permit a divorce where the complainant has condoned the actions of the defendant, connived to bring about the ground for dissolution of the marriage, or where there is premarital knowledge of the intemperance.


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