Quotes about drinking alcohol – useful or irritating

When you are aiming to cut back on your drinking quotes about drinking can be funny or have an impact on our lives.

I don’t know if you are like me but sometimes it can take just a few words to make a difference or change direction.

Do quotes about drinking alcohol help or hinder?

Yes it can be a whole book that makes a change in our lives but very often it’s one chapter or even one line.

So quotes can be funny, inspiring, demeaning, thoughtful, provoke debate, great for use with images but it does beg the big question regarding quotes about drinking alcohol – why?

Why do we find alcohol funny?

There are some people who find alcohol very funny except in my case when it nearly took my life. I was just a social wine drinking but my liver caved in. In fact not drinking is sometimes more frowned upon than drinking as I found out when I went alcohol free.

“Can you not just have one” would often be the response to me when I said I could not drink for health reasons. However, the questions would keep coming so I upped my response with:

“Not unless you want to be dead?”

The question soon went away so then it switched to “he must have a serious problem”. I really feel for people with liver failure where they drink no alcohol and have not ever in the lives. The prejudice is shocking really.

Crikey they really do take some convincing.

However, we live in an alcohol fueled world and actually when I say to a taxi driver that I don’t drink they do give me a stare even if they don’t drink themselves which is often the case. However, quotations can be a healer and these are some of my favorites to provide reflection. I hope they work for you.

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quotes about drinking alcohol

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This is a great quote and it sort of says what it does on the tin which eventually if you keep drinking and even just socially the alcohol is in charge.

This is so true on a night out when we see people’s behaviour change and their health suffer. I am not talking about a few casual drinks here but binge drinking where we end up totally out of control.

I recently wrote about Dry January and why it’s a bad idea. Lots of restriction followed by lots of makeups for time lost involving lots of drinking.

“I envy people who drink – at least they know what to blame everything on.” – Oscar Levant

This is a great quote and when we drink we just blame everyone but the drink itself. Its almost as if we are not drinking. Our memory loss, our behaviors are all down to one thing and that is everyone else except of course the drink!

“I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.” – Charles Bukowski

This made me giggle as ages ago I knew someone in a really bad place drink wise. After a few weeks at home he jumped into a taxi and went to the worst bar where it was known that you could easily end up getting killed if you messed with the locals.

He turned up so drunk so they all took pity on him and of course they had all been drinking as well. Ironically he left with lots of good friends although his liver was not one of them !



“I like to have a martini. Two at the very most. After three I’m under the table. After four I’m under my host.” – Dorothy Parker

Of course this says a lot about behaviour after drinking where a sense of what is real and what is not goes out the window. It is one of the reasons people find themselves in a strangers bed on the other side of town after drinking!

Our sense of reality goes, so we start the night hating everyone and end up wanting to sleep with them all.
Of course that leads to all sorts of issues!

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From the famous to countries they all have quoted about alcohol


“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” – Dean Martin

Once we start drinking we can be tempted to drive and do other stuff that is never a good idea.

I recently wrote about UK drink-driving laws and actually how it’s been a slow process. What Dean is saying here is that once we have had a few we make decisions that could not only kill us but hurt others.

The putting joke is quite clever. It’s true that after a few too many even the simplest of jobs ends up in disaster. I know people who have tried to unpack brand new TV and audio systems after coming back from the pub! Never a good idea.

Alcohol and bean bags also lead to more hospital admissions than you may have first thought even above meat cleavers!



“A drink is shorter than a tale.” — Scottish proverb

This is very funny, the most quiet people can tell a story that goes on for a longer time certainly over and above the time it takes to have a drink! We also tend to make stories up, make no sense and say what we really think about people.

It’s very often why people can wake up with plenty of regret.

Brain Fog is where our neurons and connections in our brain start to fail after drinking. It’s why we can’t remember what happened before or after we started drinking.

24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? ― Stephen Wright

It’s funny this quote and it can relate to the fact that we sometimes drink what we have bought from the store regardless. So the less we have available the less we drink. It’s one of the reasons why a drinking diary can work really well as it’s like holding a mirror up to our own habits.

It’s one of the key parts of any coaching programme which is in order to get to where you want to go you need to know where you are. Awareness is everything.

Alcohol removes inhibitions – like that scared little mouse who got drunk and shook his whiskers and shouted: “Now bring on that damn cat! ― Eleanor Early

This often happens at work office parties where the most timid member of the team suddenly decides to take on the boss, their colleagues and whoever gets in their way. I have often had to try and diffuse those moments but of course when people have had a drink common sense never prevails.

So much for Dutch Courage!

I have made an important discovery … that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effects of intoxication. ― Oscar Wilde

I love Oscar Wilde and his quotes, as he says it’s just the truth coming out of his mouth. We drink of course and then we are surprised that it has the effect that it does. How often have we heard “I can’t believe it went to my head!”

The reality is if we drink it has an effect, no ifs and no buts. It’s poison of course and it could kill us if we are not careful! It’s a no brainer really! Literally!

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I’m very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful. -Jim Carey

Jim is a great character and I have seen some inspirational quotes from him. I love this quote as it really means that our life is precious and that very often drink can get in the way of enjoying the thing we are really here to do. Just to live.

If you want to read a book about living the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is very inspiring.

That’s all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end. – Ringo Starr

“I just want to forget” is often linked to drinking and it does not have to be on a serious level as well. It is crazy really that real emotions go after drinking and it is almost encouraged as a stress reliever.

It really can lead to even more stress and cuts us off from our own feeling of the very thing we want to go away.

If you have a heard of treating the cause not the symptom this quote about alcohol really lends itself to this thought!


“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.” – Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn’t matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.”
― Craig Ferguson, American On Purpose

This is a great book by Craig Ferguson and his point about being an “alcoholic” is an interesting one. I know some of my colleagues who have told the doctor truthfully in their medical check up they drink so just over 14 units the maximum recommended in the UK only to be told they are an “alcoholic”.

Labels are generally unhelpful. When we treat a habit as an issue it becomes harder to shift.

And yet there is very little help out there but there is a lot of judgment!. Now I had the best care possible but that is what I had. And to be fair when I was admitted they could not find any alcohol in me, and why would they? I was just a social wine drinker but that did not stop the judgment coming thick and fast!

As for a mental illness, maybe but if that is the case its wide one affecting much of the population or maybe its just a habit that has just got out of control.

“And in my mind, this settles the issue. I would never drink cologne, and am therefore not an alcoholic.” – Augusten Burroughs, Dry

This quote is based on personal experience. There was one guy in the hospital with me that they had to take away his mouth wash as he would drink it. Now as bizarre as that may sound to us, that how is far people will go to get alcohol.

If does not just take us to be dreaming about mouthwash to be aiming to cut down on alcohol.
It can just be a few too many after work.

Again we judge some people on labels and yet we do a similar behaviour ourselves except its called booze.

A final few quotes from me that needs no explaining

Yes there are funny dancing quotes, wine quotes which all work for reducing the stigma around alcohol. However, when reading a quote about alcohol I would love for you to smile at the quote but reflect on it. Quotations are motivating but they need some thought.

“I felt empty and sad for years, and for a long, long time, alcohol worked. I’d drink, and all the sadness would go away. Not only did the sadness go away, but I was fantastic. I was beautiful, funny, I had a great figure, and I could do math. But at some point, the booze stopped working. That’s when drinking started sucking. Every time I drank, I could feel pieces of me leaving. I continued to drink until there was nothing left. Just emptiness.” ― Dina Kucera, Everything I Never Wanted to Be

“There’s nothing inherently interesting about being a drunk — in fact, quite the contrary.” –Heather King, Parched

The last quote probably says it all!

What are your favorite quotes about drinking alcohol? Are they fun, reflective or both? I would love you to hear your thoughts about quotes and alcohol and just leave a comment below and I always respond.


2 thoughts on “Quotes about drinking alcohol”

  1. A really enjoyable and different take on the consumption of drinking alcohol and everyone’s different attitudes to drinking.
    I like many people enjoy a drink and the Scottish proverb made me chuckle.
    However, I think you made a great inclusion with Jim Carey’s quote. I think enjoy alcohol but make sure it is moderation.
    Great article, thank you

    • Hey Joe, thanks for commenting on Quotes about drinking alcohol, it is much appreciated and thanks for the feedback on it being a different take! I am pleased you like the Scottish proverb! I think your last comment is spot on. I wish you all the best, Phil


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