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Drinking - General Things

When you are all standing in front of the bar to buy a beer, sometimes one person will pay.  Usually everyone reaches for their money, but one person who wants to pay says, "It's alright, I got this one."

Another popular saying is when you meet a good friend and you want to buy them a drink.

"Hey, let me buy you a drink.  What do you want?"

When you do cheers, you can either say cheers, or dedicate the next gulp to something.

You first lift up your glass and say,
"This is to good times.  Cheers."
"For the end of our junior year."
"To success."

Basically anything you want to drink for.

Among friends, you can recommend shots.  At a bar, mostly people drink beer and mixed drinks.  However, between drinks someone can recommend having a shot altogether.

"Hey, let's all do a shot."
"Shot time."
"Let's get 4 shots of Jack."

Asking questions about how well someone drinks

"How much can you drink?"
"How many beers does it take to get you buzzed?"

"Depending on the day, but mostly it will take 4 beers before I start to get buzzed."
"I usually have about 6 drinks when I go out."

Also, when someone can't drink that much, people usually use the term light weight.

You should also know how to ask if a person is ok to drive.  If they look drunk, then you should take away their keys.  However, if they are ok, you can usually ask them if they are capable of driving.

"Are you ok to drive?"
"Are you going to be able to drive?"
"You sure you can drive?"

Before moving on to the Interactive Practice section for drinking, listen to a conversation with a couple of friends in a bar.

Listen to the Conversation  

A:  "Hey wassup.  What are you guys drinking?"
B:  "We're having pitchers."
C:  "Dude, you're going to need a glass."
A:  "Excuse me?"
S:  "Yeah."
A:  "Can I get a glass?"
S:  "Sure."
A:  "Have you guys been drinking long?"
C:  "Not really.  This is only our second pitcher."
B:  "You better start catching up."
A:  "When I get my glass, I will."
B:  "You ok with shots right?"
A:  "Yeah."
B:  "What do you usually have?"
C:  "He always has the same thing.  Crowne."
A:  "Exactly."
B:  "That's good stuff."
C:  "You finally got your glass.  Hey Cheers.  To good friends."

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