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Alcohol Street Names

Alcohol is a nervous system depressant that is consumed as a beverage. It contains ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, which is a mind-altering ingredient produced by the fermentation of yeast. Alcohol is abused in many social situations, as it lowers inhibitions. Severe alcohol abuse leads to driving-related fatalities, liver damage, vomiting, and aggressive violence. The risks of alcohol are clear; nearly 88,000 people die from an alcohol-related health problem each year.

2 Minute Read | Published Aug 04 2023 | Updated Jan 19 2024

Different varieties of alcohol have different volumes of alcohol content, and you may hear street names for alcohol that refer to a particular variety. Beer is one of the most common alcoholic beverages and contains between 4% and 6% alcohol. Wine has between 7% and 15% alcohol content. Distilled spirits such as rum, vodka, and gin can contain 40% to 95% alcohol content. Alcohol street names may be used to disguise more dangerous varieties of alcohol such as Everclear, which has a 95% alcohol content.

Drinking is a particular concern among teenagers. Binge drinking in secret at parties occurs across the United States and leads to accidents and fatalities. Street names for alcohol can be used casually, but in some instances, especially among underage drinkers, they can be used to purposefully disguise drinking references. Learning to recognize common street names for alcohol can help adults prevent addiction, abuse, and serious accidents. These names can include:

  • Draft
  • Suds
  • Liquid bread
  • Hard stuff
  • Sauce
  • Hooch
  • Moonshine
  • Vino
  • Oat soda
  • Tummy buster
  • Liquid courage
  • Redneck wine
  • 12-ounce curls
  • Juice

Studies have shown that teenage alcohol abuse is linked to illegal behavior, drunk driving, and risk-taking. Talking to children about alcohol use early on can prevent addiction later in life. People with a drinking problem, whether they’re youths or adults, will often use deceptive behavior to hide their habits from people they care about, so listening for these alcohol street names can provide clues to whether or not a loved one has an alcohol addiction.

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