In an effort to avoid prison time, Joe Giudice claimed to be an alcoholic in court, and his lawyer asked a judge to send Joe to rehab instead of prison.
It didn't work, and Giudice was sentenced to 41 months in jail, but that doesn't mean he was lying about his addiction.
"Joe's been known to start drinking hard alcohol at 10 am," a Giudice family friend tells Radar Online. "It's been going on for years, even when things were going good for them."
"He'll start screaming at the girls like, 'Shut up!' It's all good-natured, but it could seem harsh to an outsider."
So that's the Giudice family's idea of "good natured?" No wonder Teresa's temper is notorious even in the rage-fueled world of the Real Housewives franchise.