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Slang For Alcohol & Alcoholics | Nicknames & Street Terms

Published on August 2, 2021
Slang For Alcohol & Alcoholics | Nicknames & Street Terms

Alcohol is the most popular drug in the United States. Unfortunately, many people abuse it. Alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol use disorder, which is also called alcohol addiction or alcoholism.

Some people use slang terms such as “alcoholic” to describe individuals who struggle with alcohol abuse or addiction. They may also use slang terms to refer to different drinks, heavy drinking, and being drunk. 

Slang Terms For People Who Abuse Alcohol

Common slang terms for people who abuse alcohol include:

  • alcoholic
  • alchie/alkey/alkie
  • bacchanalian
  • barfly
  • bibber/wine-bibber
  • boozehound 
  • boozer
  • carouser
  • debauchee
  • dipsomaniac
  • drunk
  • drunkard
  • goldiedrunk
  • guzzler
  • inebriate
  • juicer
  • lush
  • soak
  • sot
  • souse
  • sponge
  • stiff
  • toper
  • tosspot
  • wine factory
  • wino

Slang Terms For Alcohol

The most common slang terms for alcohol include:

  • adult beverage
  • adult punch
  • booze
  • Diesel 
  • eye-opener
  • firewater
  • fluid
  • gargle
  • giggle juice
  • giggle water
  • goof
  • hard stuff
  • hooch (homemade alcohol)
  • intoxicant
  • joy juice
  • juice
  • Kool Aid
  • liquid courage
  • mouthwash
  • nectar of the gods
  • nightcap (a drink before bed)
  • oil
  • petrol
  • poison
  • potable
  • poteen (alcohol made from potatoes) 
  • rag water
  • refreshment 
  • sauce
  • shot or shooter (a small serving of liquor or a mixed drink)
  • spirit
  • swish
  • tipple
  • tummy buster

In addition, some alcoholic drinks have their own unique street names:

Beer

Common street names for beer include:

  • brew
  • brewski
  • cold one
  • draft
  • half-rack (a 12-pack of beer)
  • liquid bread
  • oats soda
  • sixer (a 6-pack of beer)
  • suds

Brandy

Common street names for brandy include:

  • brandeh
  • brapple (brandy mixed with apple juice)
  • brown liquor
  • evil juice
  • gorilla milk (brandy mixed with milk)
  • grandpa juice
  • gravy drink
  • moesha 
  • yack
  • yak potion 

Champagne

Common street names for champagne include:

  • bubbles
  • bubbly
  • champers
  • champ juice
  • dirty diamonds
  • goldie
  • jazzy juice
  • passion pop 
  • shampoo 
  • sunshine in a bottle

Gin

Common street names for gin include:

  • blue ruin
  • cliff
  • cream of the valley
  • daffy
  • devil’s left hand
  • doggy fizzle (gin mixed with juice)
  • flash of lightning
  • ginny
  • green gimble (gin mixed with Mountain Dew)
  • Hollands
  • kill grief
  • max
  • mother’s milk
  • OJ Simpson (gin mixed with orange juice)
  • silver
  • white satin

Liquor

Common street names for liquor include:

  • aqua vitae (strong liquor)
  • ragwater (poor quality or toxic liquor)
  • rotgut (poor quality or toxic liquor)

Mixed Drinks

Common street names for mixed drinks include:

  • cocktail
  • eye-opener
  • highball
  • hunch punch
  • jizznog (a mix of multiple liquors and milk)
  • jungle juice
  • liquid tar (a mix of dark liquors)
  • one and one
  • sling
  • toddy (a mix of liquor, hot water, and sugar)
  • visky (a mix of vodka and whiskey)

Rum

Common street names for rum include:

  • crum (rum mixed with cream soda)
  • demon water
  • devil’s Kool Aid
  • happy juice (rum mixed with orange juice)
  • Julian, Roman, or Rumski (rum mixed with Coca-Cola)
  • kill-devil
  • navy eaters
  • pirate ale
  • pirate beer
  • power drill (rum mixed with lemonade) 
  • skinny captain
  • sugarcane

Tequila

Common street names for tequila include:

  • felony juice
  • Mexican champagne
  • Mexican mouthwash
  • Mexican tornado
  • Mexican water
  • mockingbird
  • patron on ice (tequila on ice)
  • TQ
  • vitamin T
  • worm
  • yellow sunrise (tequila mixed with orange Gatorade)

Vodka

Common street names for vodka include:

  • champion juice
  • cherry bomb (vodka mixed with Red Bull)
  • dizzy water
  • ghetto juice (vodka mixed with Gatorade)
  • juicy jerry
  • magic water
  • potato juice
  • Russian wine
  • screwdriver (vodka mixed with orange juice)
  • stoli
  • vdog
  • vitamin V
  • vodkie
  • vods
  • voodoo (vodka mixed with Mountain Dew)
  • wacky water

Whiskey

Common street names for whiskey include:

  • anti-freeze
  • bells
  • blackjack
  • candoodle
  • CC&G (whiskey mixed with ginger ale)
  • doolaid (whiskey mixed with Coke Zero)
  • dram
  • drop of the pure
  • liquid dessert
  • maple shot (whiskey mixed with maple)
  • moonshine (homemade whiskey)
  • old crow
  • pop-skull
  • rifleman
  • snifter
  • Tennessee mouthwash
  • walking potion
  • who-shot-john

Slang Terms For Alcohol Mixed With Other Drugs

Some people mix alcohol with other drugs. These mixtures have street names such as:

  • Brompton cocktail (alcohol mixed with cocaine and an opioid) 
  • Herb and Al (alcohol mixed with marijuana)
  • snow-coning (alcohol mixed with cocaine)
  • time flip (alcohol mixed with a benzodiazepine, such as Xanax or Klonopin)
  • tipsy flip (alcohol mixed with ecstasy)

Slang Terms For Drinking & Being Drunk

Common slang terms for heavy drinking include:

  • hitting the booze
  • hitting the bottle
  • drowning one’s sorrows
  • chugging (drinking very quickly)
  • pregaming (drinking before an event)

Common slang terms for being drunk include:

  • blasted
  • blotto 
  • boozy
  • buzzed
  • canned
  • cockeyed
  • crocked
  • crunked (intoxicated from both alcohol and marijuana)
  • embalmed
  • fried
  • hammered
  • housed
  • jarred
  • juiced-up
  • loaded
  • oiled
  • pie-eyed
  • plastered
  • skunked
  • sloshed
  • squiffy
  • steamed
  • tanked
  • three sheets to the wind
  • toasted
  • wasted
  • wrecked

If you or a loved one struggle with alcohol abuse or addiction, please contact our helpline today.

Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
This page does not provide medical advice.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - Alcohol Facts and Statistics
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Alcohol
U.S. National Library of Medicine - Important Facts About Alcohol And Drugs

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