If you consume so much alcohol that you become inebriated, you are drunk. If you do it too often, you may become a drunk, which is another, blunter, word for "alcoholic."

For the last 600 years or so, the word drunk has been used to describe someone who is intoxicated. Someone who's drunk from alcohol might be unsteady on their feet, slur their speech, or not be able to think straight. But you also can be drunk on things like power, passion or hope. This kind of drunk involves strong feelings or intoxicating emotions instead of one too many beers.

Definitions of drunk

n someone who is intoxicated

someone arrested on the charge of being drunk and disorderly
Type of:
drinker, imbiber, juicer, toper
a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)

n a chronic drinker

drunkard, inebriate, rummy, sot, wino
alcoholic, alky, boozer, dipsomaniac, lush, soaker, souse
a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
Type of:
drinker, imbiber, juicer, toper
a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)

adj as if under the influence of alcohol

drunk with excitement”
in an aroused state

adj stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

inebriated, intoxicated
bacchanal, bacchanalian, bacchic, carousing, orgiastic
used of riotously drunken merrymaking
smelling of beer
very drunk
slightly intoxicated
bibulous, boozy, drunken, sottish
given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
drugged, narcotised, narcotized
under the influence of narcotics
British informal for `intoxicated'
high, mellow
slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
hopped-up, stoned
under the influence of narcotics
not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
cold sober, stone-sober
totally sober
characteristic of a person not taking illegal drugs or of a place where no illegal drugs are used
dry, teetotal
practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
uninebriated, unintoxicated
not inebriated
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