Hooligans can be distinguished from hooligans by the fact that true Hooligans have nothing to do with soccer/football, and rarely get into fights because they're too busy drinking.
Hooligans are more difficult to distinguish from regular alcoholics, but Hooligans often hold a job. For a while. And they wear Hawaiian shirts.
"Those hooligans moved ten kilos of blow by force and then all six of them rode down Main Street on one bicycle."
Imma HOOLIGANS n I proud of it cuz I love Bruno Mars.