Drinking alcohol while applying for Social Security disability benefits can cause your claim to be denied.  The Social Security Act (Act) provides that a claimant “shall not be considered to be disabled * * * if alcoholism or drug addiction would * * * be a contributing factor material to the Commissioner’s determination that the individual is disabled.” Learn more about how the Social Security Administration evaluates cases involving drug addiction and alcoholism (DAA) here: SSR 13-2p