With him it was all about showing off, any issues he may have are more of an inferiority complex than dependancy.
Its clearly a case of 'look how hard I am, I can get wasted and still kick someones head in' than him being an alcoholic.
He struck me as one of those guys that if someone is laughing at his antics, he will play up to it and do it all the more. Attention seeker? Definately. Idiot? Yeah, but loveable with it. Alcoholic? No.
and then we had blueberry pie...