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So then they put it on him, you see; and while they was full of it, next day, back comes old Finn, and went boo-hooing to Judge Thatcher to get money to hunt for the nigger all over Illinois with. The judge gave him some, and that evening he got drunk, and was around till after mid- night with a couple of mighty hard-looking strangers, and then went off with them. (11.18)
Huck’s father prizes alcohol over finding his son’s potential murderer. In our minds, this is the last straw – Huck’s dad gets zero sympathy from anyone in the novel. His level of addiction makes him act in inhuman ways.
And in he come, and Bill after him. But before they got in I was up in the upper berth, cornered, and sorry I come. Then they stood there, with their hands on the ledge of the berth, and talked. I couldn't see them, but I could tell where they was by the whisky they'd been having. I was glad I didn't drink whisky; but it wouldn't made much difference anyway, because most of the time they couldn't a treed me because I didn't breathe. I was too scared. And, besides, a body COULDN'T breathe and hear such talk. (12.38)
In this novel, alcohol use is associated primarily with criminals and thieves.
"Here comes old Boggs! – in from the country for his little old monthly drunk; here he comes, boys!" (21.30)
Again we see that alcoholism results in habitual, cyclic bouts of drunkenness.