Topic: Drinking



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: drinking. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

black out (idiom) to suddenly become unconscious
e.g. What’s the last thing you remember before you blacked out? [=passed out, fainted]
tipsy (adj) unsteady or foolish from drinking: slightly drunk
e.g. I got a little tipsy at the party last night.
booze (n) alcoholic drinks
e.g. We bought some chips and booze for the party.
hangover (n) a sick feeling or condition that comes after drinking too much alcohol at an earlier time
e.g. She woke up with a hangover.
DUI (acronym) driving a vehicle while drunk [=driving under influence]
e.g. He was arrested for DUI.
liquid/liquor courage (n) Used when explaining alcohol as a catalyst for bravery, particularly in a public setting. Best used in conjunction with moments involving aggressive behavior.
e.g. Yup, James is full of the liquid courage so hopefully, he will not get into a fight.
social drinker (n) a practice of only drinking when out with friends, but usually not when alone.
e.g. Gina only drinks to socialize; she’s a social drinker.
drink to someone or something (idiom) a saying when you take an alcoholic drink in honor of someone or something and/or to wish good health and/or good luck to someone, and then everyone drinks at the same time.
e.g. Let’s drink to Jessica’s new job.
have a low tolerance (to alcohol) / can’t hold their drink (idiom) if someone can’t hold their liquor, or if someone has a low tolerance, they get drunk after drinking very little alcohol.
e.g. He only had two drinks and he’s a mess! He can’t hold his liquor.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. How often do you drink? When and where?
  2. Do you enjoy drinking? Why or why not?
  3. How does alcohol change your behavior and personality?
  4. How old were you when you first tried alcohol? Who were you with?
  5. What part does alcohol play in the culture of your country?
  6. Share the craziest thing you did under the influence of alcohol.
  7. Have you ever said or done something under the influence of alcohol that you later regretted?
  8. Do you respect people who can drink a lot? Why or why not?
  9.  Does alcohol help people to get to know each other? How?
  10. “I drink to make other people more interesting.” — Ernest Hemingway. What does Hemingway mean? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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