From ancient mead-halls to modern pubs and clubs, it seems mankind has always enjoyed drinking - but the way we talk about alcohol has changed a lot over the centuries.
Whereas once the words 'drunken' and 'inebriated' sufficed to describe over-indulging, now we resort to elaborate euphemisms such as 'squiffy', 'blotto' and 'wasted'.
And in addition to modern slang for drinking, there are a host of now obsolete words once used to describe a heavy binge - the likes of 'bumpsy', 'suckey' and 'hit under the wing'.
The history of the ways the English language describes alcohol has been traced by eminent linguistics professor David Crystal using the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
In a new book, the academic reveals that the vocabulary of drinking is richer than almost any other topic - and unites English-speakers across barriers of class, age and gender.
During the Anglo-Saxon period, the words 'drunken' and 'fordrunken' were the most common ways of describing alcoholic excess, Professor Crystal writes in the book Words in Time and Place.
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Probably only men's floppy parts have more words to describe them than the act of being drunk. I usually use the term 'pissed' or 'wasted', and had never thought about just how many words I could use to describe it!
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