Northern Alcoholic often found drinking Meths and/or 11% cider from brown paper bags before the hours of 9am.
This could be used by members of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) to describe each other`s alcohol addiction incognito.
Eg:- When did you first find you was a hughesy?
I became a Hughesy after my wife died.
Money problems and depression turned me into a real bad Hughesy.