What do you consider to be "drunk"? If you've ever been drunk, how do you know when you're drunk (or do you not know until the next day)? How do you know when someone else is drunk?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines drunk (adjective form) as:
1 a : having the faculties impaired by alcohol.
My problem with this definition is that it feels overly vague; what exactly do they mean by "impaired"? Obviously someone who falls over is drunk; what about someone who laughs at stupid jokes? Or someone who finally gets the courage to ask that one girl to dance?
Yesterday Sasha asked me "Were you drunk last night?" and I had to say "I don't know," just because I'm not sure if what I do counts as being drunk or not. On the rare occasions where I have more than two drinks I reach a state where the alcohol is definitely affecting my mood and decision-making: I'm more upbeat, chatty, and impulsive than usual. But I've never gotten sick the next day, never lost my balance or had blackouts, never done anything that I regretted in the morning. So: was I drunk, because my faculties were affected by alcohol? Or are there other factors involved?
I'd like to hear people's thoughts on the subject. Feel free to post anonymously if you like.