Inebriated is just a fancy way of saying drunk. If you see a man staggering down the street grasping a bottle of rum in his hand, chances are he's inebriated.

When you want to use an impressive word to say that someone is drunk, go ahead and use inebriated. If you like, you can also use it to refer to someone who is intoxicated with substances other than alcohol, but at its heart, inebriated simply means tanked, blotto, stinko, drunk. In more recent years, it has taken on the sense of being particularly energized or zany and exhilarated with drunkenness, but still drunk.

Definitions of inebriated

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

“helplessly inebriated
drunk, 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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