He was doing what he normally did—drinking beer or wine and taking sleeping pills.
The white big shots circle them, standing in tuxedoes, wolfing down buffet food, drinking liquor, smoking black cigars.
Edano said people in the village should refrain from drinking the water—although “if they drink it will not be harmful.”
Over that weekend, Teddy stayed up with friends one night, drinking and swapping bawdy tales about the party times with Jack.
I was unstable, moody, craving confrontation, drinking heavily to keep my demons at bay—and filing for separation and divorce.
Bananas had been ashore, drinking some native spirit, and he was drunk.
drinking at the bar were two white men whom Jim recognized as foremen.
Johnson and Reynolds often rallied each other on the subject of drinking.
He had not been drinking much or I might not have mastered him.
“He has been drinking so long that my medicine will not act,” he said.
c.1200, drinkinge, verbal noun from drink (v.). Drinking problem "alcoholism" is from 1957; earlier was drinking habit (1899).
Old English drincan "to drink," also "to swallow up, engulf" (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, past participle druncen), from Proto-Germanic *drengkan (cf. Old Saxon drinkan, Old Frisian drinka, Dutch drinken, Old High German trinkan, German trinken, Old Norse drekka, Gothic drigkan "to drink"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a root meaning "to draw." Not found outside Germanic.
Most Indo-European words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Greek pino, Latin biber, Irish ibim, Old Church Slavonic piti, Russian pit'; see imbibe).
The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was in late Old English.
The noun, AS. drinc, would normally have given southern drinch (cf. drench), but has been influenced by the verb. [Weekley]To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.