Regency Sots

In my current book, I have a character who is a little fonder than is prudent of the grape. So I put together a list of period phrases for someone of his character:

Toper – a hard drinker or alcoholic, 1665-75
Tosspot – a tippler, drunkard, 1560-70
Sot – drunkard, before 1000
Swillpot – before 1748

Lushy – drunk, tipsy, 1805

‘Making indentures on’ was imbibing

In addition to inebriated, intoxicated, tipsy, sodden, here are some other Regency words for being drunk:

in one’s cups
properly shot in the neck
in his altitudes

To be a trifle disguised was to be slightly drunk.
Half-sprung meant the same thing.
Chirping merry was to be exalted with liquor.

‘Strip-me-naked’ and ‘Stark naked’ were both names for gin.

And to be hung over was to have the devil of a head.

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