9 English Phrases to Use When Drinking Alcohol

Often as a non-native English speaker, we tend to relax more and have more confidence speaking English after we have had a few alcoholic drinks. And because we feel more secure with our language abilities, we want to sound more like a native English speaker. So, the phrases below are perfect to use in this situation.


  1. I’m a little bit tipsy (= a little drunk)
  2. I’ll get the next round of drinks
  3. The next drink is on me (= this means that you are going to pay for the next drink)
  4. Let’s start/open a tab (= this means that you pay the bill at the very end and not as you go)
  5. Let’s make a toast / Let’s cheers to… (this is when you want to celebrate a person or event or an idea) e.g. Let’s toast to your good health this year.
  6. It’s my shout / it’s on me (= this means that you will buy/pay for the drink)
  7. He’s completely wasted / bombed / plastered / well oiled (= all of these mean very very drunk)
  8. I’m the designated driver (= this means you don’t drink any alcohol so that you can drive everyone home)
  9. I have a hangover / I’m hung over (= this is the awful feeling the next day when you wake up, often with a headache)

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