Most of us like to have some alcohol from time to time. In this episode, you’ll learn some words and expressions so that you can talk about having a drink in English.
There is some language in this episode that may not be appropriate for children.
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Drinking idioms and expressions
Spirits – (hard) liquor e.g.whisky, gin, rum, vodka, etc.
Beer: lager / Real ale / bitter etc. Beer – AIRC203
Bubbly = Champagne
A pint or half a pint of beer or cider
Brewer’s droop – an unfortunate temporary predicament suffered by gentlemen who would like to engage in sexual activity, but who find themselves unable due to drinking too much!
It’s on me = I’ll pay
To buy a round (of drinks)
“It’s my/your/his/her round!” (or ‘shout’) – ‘I’ll get them in.’
“Cheers! / Good health / Here’s to….”
To propose a toast (to someone/something) – to toast
“I’ll drink to that!”
To be on the wagon
To be as sober as a judge
To be (a bit) tipsy / light-headed
To slur your speech
To have Dutch courage – the confidence you get from being drunk.
To have/need a stiff drink
(Alcoholic drinks) go to your head – some more than others!
To be legless / wasted / three sheets to the wind / plastered / out of it / off your head / as drunk as a skunk / pissed as a newt (tritón) or fart or lord / to be shitfaced/ rat-arsed
To drink someone under the table
To drink like a fish
A functioning alcoholic
To bottle things up
To drown your sorrows
To have one for the road
To have a hangover / to be hungover
A hair of the dog (that bit you)
A pub crawl
“S/he couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery!”
An old saying: Never trust a man who doesn’t drink./ Don’t trust a man who never drinks.
Old Scottish/Irish saying: When the drink’s in, the wit’s out!
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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