Exploring the colourful and evocative lexicon of alcohol

Purveyors of the strong stuff have invited hundreds of epithets over a millennium or more. The only subjects that fill the pages of English slang more are money and sex.

Alcohol has inspired a rich and colourful language of its own. From ‘tosspot’ (someone who throws back their beer with gusto) to that queasy ‘cropsick’ feeling after being absolutely ‘ramsquaddled’, there is a wealth of delightfully evocative terms. Some have been around for centuries and are still in use by drinkers today.

Watch this video to find out why too much ‘tiger’s milk’ can leave you feeling decidedly ‘crapulent’, and read this article to learn more.