A reader sent me the following request found on Facebook; it’s by Ivan Sokolov, a young poet and translator in Russia:
Now, a question for my English-speaking friends. Is there a word or expression you know to mean ‘get drunk’ in a good-humoured way, especially to emphasize that the guy enjoyed the drinking (or at least the taste of the booze)? Something like ‘feeling merry’ or ‘being flushed’…
It’s just that in Russian we have this wonderful verb “налакаться” (lit. ‘to lap a lot’, which has a strong association with a cat licking up something delicious) and it would be nice to render this Russian connotation of revelling in the booze in English as well. The meaning of the Russian idiom is much stronger than ‘merry’, it’s almost ‘boozed up’, but it lacks all the violent connotations of the English synonyms (like ‘plastered’ or ‘hammered’), which puts me at a dead end. Can you think of something?
There are, of course, many synonyms for drinking and getting drunk in English, but most of the ones I know are probably out of date, and besides I’m not coming up with one that has the merry connotations desired, so I’m passing the question on to the crowd at the LH Saloon.