Green’s Dictionary of Slang

booze-fighter n.

also booze killer
[booze n. (1) + SE fighter]

1. (Aus./US) a drunkard.

[US]Coopers Intl Jrnl 10 n.p.: A booze-fighter [...] cares more for saloons and barrel houses than he does for his union.
[US]Boston Globe Sun. Mag. 21 Dec. 7–8: There are [...] the ‘gapers’ or the ’booze-fighters’.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ I Need The Money 82: My old friend Dike, the booze killer.
[US]F.P. Dunne Mr Dooley Says 102: They disthributed copies iv ‘Death in th’ Bottle’; or, ‘The Booze-Fighter’s Finish’ among our sojery.
[US]H.A. Franck Zone Policeman 88 92: ‘Shorty’ was gradually winning the title of a thirty-third degree ‘booze- fighter’.
[US]C. Panzram Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 116: I have met every kind of a crook there is. [...] booze fighters and cop fighters.
[US]C.G. Finney Circus of Dr Lao 14: Larry the infantryman, Larry the booze-fighter, Larry the whorechaser.
E. Paul Narrow Street (1947) 312: You’re both a pair of boozefighters beyond help.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 792: booze fighter – A heavy drinker.
[US]N. Algren ‘The Last Carousel’ in Texas Stories (1995) 141: One can’t expect too much of a semi-literate booze-fighter.
[US] ‘The Open Book’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 111: But each range breeds its own brand of bastard / and boozefighter, bugger or bum.

2. (US) a narcotics addict (in the context of using alcohol to counter withdrawal symptoms).

[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 440: Booze-fighter, A dope fiend.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.