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
  1. adjective
    stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
    “helplessly inebriated
    synonyms: 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
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    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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