With the Scottish parliament discussing banning shop sales of booze to anyone under 21 on a Friday or Saturday night, UK towns are full of drunken louts starting fights and clogging up our already overstretched hospitals, I suspect we don't have a healthy relationship with booze.
No other language has so many different words or phrases for being drunk - 141 to be precise!
drunk,• adj, euphemisms include:
Badgered, Banjaxed, Battered, Befuggered, Bernard Langered, Bladdered, Blasted, Blathered, Bleezin, Blitzed, Blootered, Blottoed, Bluttered, Boogaloo, Brahms & Liszt, Buckled, Burlin
Cabbaged, Chevy Chased, Clobbered
Decimated, Dot Cottoned, Druck-steaming, Drunk as a Lord, Drunk as a skunk
Fecked, Fleemered (Germany), Four to the floor
Gatted, Goosed, Got my beer goggles on, Guttered (Inverness)
Had a couple of shickers, Hammer-blowed, Hammered, Hanging, Having the whirlygigs, Howling
Jahalered, Jaiked up (West of Scotland), Jan'd - abbrev for Jan Hammered, Jaxied, Jeremied, Jolly
Lagged up, Lamped, Langered (Ireland) [also langers, langerated], Laroped, or alt. larrupt, Lashed, Leathered, Legless, Liquored up (South Carolina), Locked, Locked out of your mind (Ireland), Loo la
Mad wey it, Mandoo-ed, Mangled, Manky, Mashed, Meff'd, Merl Haggard, Merry, Minced, Ming-ho, Minging, Moired, Monged, Monkey-full, Mottled, Mullered
Newcastled, Nicely irrigated with horizontal lubricant
Off me pickle, Off me trolley, On a campaign, Out of it, Out yer tree
Paggered, Palintoshed, Paraletic, Peelywally, Peevied, Pickled, Pie-eyed, Pished, Plastered, Poleaxed, Pollatic
Rat-legged (Stockport), Ratted, Ravaged, Razzled, Reek-ho, Rendered, Rosy glow, Rubbered, Ruined
Saying hello to Mr Armitage, Scattered, Schindlers, Screwed, Scuttered (Dublin), Shedded [as in " My shed has collapsed taking most of the fence with it"], Slaughtered, Sloshed, Smashed, Snatered (Ireland), Snobbled (Wales), Sozzled, Spangled, Spannered, Spiffed, Spongelled, Squiffy, Steamin, Steampigged, Stocious, Stonkin
Tanked, Tashered, Tipsy, Trashed, Trollied, Troubled, Trousered, Twisted
Warped, Wasted, Wellied, With the fairies, Wrecked
So how is the binge drinking situation avoided?
I was brought up drinking small amounts of wine at supper, in fact long before I was allowed to drink black coffee, I was given wine!
I think I've got a healthy attitude to drink - I enjoy it, but don't overdo it - is that nature or nurture?
I'm repeating the same attitude with our children - one hates wine, one loves it (worryingly) - and where will that take them - will they be drink aware?
How are you guiding yours?
141 versions of drunk - from the bbc