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Episode 52 • Alcohol

52

Wasted

Tipsy

Booze

Sober up

Be hung-over

Story

Betty: Oh my gosh, Jane! How much have you drunk? You’re completely wasted!

Jane: Who?! Me! No! I’m just a little tipsy! I don’t know why though, I only drank water!

Betty: What are you talking about? I’ve seen nothing but booze at this party… Come on. Let’s go outside. You need some fresh air and some food so you can sober up. Also, you need to stay hydrated, otherwise you’ll be super hung-over tomorrow. Where did you say you found the water?

Jane: It’s right there.

Betty: Sweetie, this? This says Vodka.

Jane: Ohhh… I thought the water just tasted weird here…

Questions

What do you guys think of my impression of a drunk person? I don't know how well I did it, I don't have a lot of experience. Honestly, I was just trying to do what I see in movies, but let's get into it.

Wasted

'You’re completely wasted!'

• If you are wasted, how drunk are you? Very drunk or just a little?

If you're wasted or completely wasted, you're very, very drunk.

• What are some symptoms of being wasted?

It really depends on the person, but usually, when you say that someone's wasted because they've drunk too much, usually, they can't think properly. Sometimes they can't even walk really. You might even pass out, which means, you might even lose consciousness. These are some of the most common symptoms.

• When was the last time you were wasted?

Guys, this is a terrible topic for me because I have no experience, well, I have little experience, but not too much. I think the last time-- I don't think I've even been wasted actually. I've been drunk, but not to the point where I would refer to myself as wasted. I just never got to the point, which I think maybe it's a good thing.

Tipsy

'I’m just a little tipsy!'

• If you are tipsy, how drunk are you? Very drunk or just a little?

If you're tipsy, this is different from being wasted, you are just a little drunk. It's only the beginning and you can stay tipsy and not actually get wasted.

• What are some symptoms of being tipsy? How do you feel?

How do you feel? Well, one of the most common symptoms, I think, is feeling light-headed, like your head feels lighter in a way. A lot of time you laugh more easily. You giggle, you start making jokes, and you feel a little, let's say, more comfortable with yourself.

• When was the last time you were tipsy?

I remember that clearly because, again, I hardly ever drink. I think it was over a year ago and I was in Madrid and we went to this place. Again, I never drink. I had a glass of wine, I forget if I had one or maybe a little more than one. By the end of it, I started to feel a little happier and a little more relaxed, I was with other people and I started to feel more comfortable, just more social, and more fun.

Booze

'I’ve seen nothing but booze at this party...'

• Can kids drink booze?

No. Kids cannot drink booze because booze is a synonym for alcohol.

• Which is more likely to be called booze? A bottle of beer or a bottle of tequila?

It's going to be the bottle of tequila because usually booze is used to talk about hard liquor, so tequila, vodka, ram, all of these.

• Is the word ‘booze’ formal or informal?

It's definitely informal. When you're talking to a friend, you're planning a party, you can say, "Hey, who's bringing the booze?" For example.

• Where can you buy booze in your country?

I'm in Spain right now and you can find booze at the supermarket and anybody can buy it really. I'm pretty sure they need to check your ID, but I don't really know if they do it. In the States, you're going to have either liquor stores, there are some stores that have a liquor section, but not necessarily. Not all stores do carry booze in the States.

Sober up

'You need some fresh air and some food so you can sober up.'

• If you sober up, are you more or less drunk than before?

If you sober up or have sobered up, you are less drunk, so you feel a little bit better.

• Do you always feel great after sobering up?

Well, no, it goes in stages. At the beginning, you're going to feel a little bit better, you're going to feel less drunk and maybe less whatever you're feeling, then you can get to the point where you've sobered up completely. You're not drunk anymore, but maybe you're still not feeling great because maybe you still feel nauseous or tired or whatever.

• Do you know of any remedies that can help sober up?

Once again, I have little to no experience, but from what I've heard, apparently food can help you sober up. I don't know why, I don't know if it soaks up the alcohol in your body or something like that, and also drinking water can help you sober up faster.

Be hung-over

'You need to stay hydrated, otherwise you’ll be super hung-over tomorrow.'

• When are you hung-over? Before, during, or after drinking alcohol?

You're hangover or have a hangover, it's two different words. Today we're talking about hangover. You are hangover after drinking alcohol.

• If you are hung-over, what symptoms are you likely to experience?

Again, it depends how much you have drunk because if you haven't drunk too much, maybe you just have a light headache or maybe you feel a little nauseous, but some people, if they're really, really hangover, they're going to wake up feeling terrible, sometimes they will need to take an aspirin or something to feel better. Sometimes they even throw up or cannot really eat or they don't want to drink anything because it makes them feel sick.

• How long are people usually hung-over for?

Again, totally depends. It totally depends both on the person and on how much you've drunk, but I would say from the moment you wake up, probably like three, four hours, sometimes people are hangover for a whole day.

• What remedies have you heard of that can help you feel better when you’re hung-over?

Again, I've actually had to Google this because I wasn't sure because I've never really felt hangover, which I'm glad. Maybe a couple of times I felt slightly hangover and that's why I was like, "I'm not drinking again because it doesn't make sense." I don't want to put my body through this. Just to have fun for a couple of hours then I have to spend 10 terrible hours the day after. To me, it's not worth it, but it's my personal opinion. Usually what they say is, drink lots of water, eating can also help you and then another thing that can help you if you're hangover, I don't know if that's true or if that's a myth, maybe you guys can tell me, but is actually drinking a little bit of alcohol. Not get drunk again, but drinking a little bit of alcohol can help you feel better if you were hangover. Again, not sure if it's true or if it's not true, and I'm not going to try it. You guys can if you want to and let me know what you think.

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