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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #112059: Vocabulary: Let's have a drink
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    Vocabulary: Let's have a drink


    The so-called natural drinks (or beverages) are indispensable to life. Plants and animals, including men, need water to live and grow. 

    Because of the sun, and of the heat they may be thirsty and parched (=dry). In order to quench their thirst people must drink : they can do so in long gulps (to gulp), or on the contrary, enjoy and savour the drink. (a sip/to sip)

    People can drink (straight) from the bottle, from a glass, or from a cup/ a mug. These glasses have very varied shapes and colours.

     

    1) Natural drinks (beverages):  water, milk.

     

                 
                      The baby's bottle                       (Plain) water
                     
                      Milk                Sparkling water    

     

     

     Spring water 


      Drinking/ drinkable/ water


     Tap water


      Sparkling/fizzy/bubbly water 

     

    II) Non alcoholic drinks:  fruit juices and sodas, etc. They are more or less "sweet" drinks. (They are not recommended, especially for kids, because of the excess of sugar in them). They now exist without  (real) sugar (light sodas and zero calorie sodas.) This process is often no more than an incentive for customers to buy them and consume more than the ordinary sweet ones. 

     

                       
                  Fruit juices            Soft drinks (sodas)                 Lemonade 

     

    III) Hot (or warm) drinks  They are drunk during meals (especially in England), or between them. In Great Britain, tea, with a little milk, is drunk all day long. So is very light coffee  in the United States.

                     
               Herbal Tea                         Milk tea 

                      Lemon tea

                      
                     Hot chocolate                    American coffee

               Coffee (expresso)

     

    IV) Alcoholic drinks:                                                   

    Some of these beverages are drunk either during meals, or aperitifs (pre-dinner drinks),  cocktails, and during parties. In this lesson, they will be introduced ranging according to the degrees of alcohol. 

    Paradoxically, (when you know that alcohol can be very dangerous), cheers ! or "here's to you!' or "to your health!" are wished to the participants before drinking together. 
    A person who doesn't drink alcohol is said to be  "sober" or "abstinent" - because they abstain from drinking  alcohol. They are called teetotallers or abstinents (= teetotal= a word created by R. Turner,  Preston, England, in 1833). He advocated total abstinence of alcohol.






           
                          Cider

               a Shandy (lemonade and beer)

                      Beer (ale  or stout)

                      
               White and red wines 

                    Champagne

                             Whisky

                              
               Cocktails                       Gin and tonic                                        Brandy

     

    Someone who has drunk a little too much will be tipsy. If they drank a lot more, they'll be drunk. If they run into the habit, they'll be drunkards.  A very bad habit and "tradition" has developed among young people at weekends or during parties: stupid bets or challenges are organized, finishing in binge drinking, which is responsible for a lot of accidents. 

    In Europe, the rule is now to drink responsibly/ drink in moderation and to abstain from drinking before driving a car (or riding a bike) in order not to have an accidentDUI = Driving Under Influence  = "the influence of alcohol".



    Now, two idioms
    "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink"  
    and one of my favourite expressions: "I drink like a fish!" - water, of course!   

    Well, well ... I hope you could make a judicious choice and will go on in the exercise.  I also hope I've satisfied you... in moderation, of course!  

     





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    1. We really have something to celebrate Ö Letís have a glass of on me!
    2. Iím sorry! I canít drink , even with fishÖ It gives me cramps in my legs and hands.
    3. Near Glasgow, I visited a distillery. 3. Near Glasgow, I visited a whisky distillery. We could follow the production from the fermented to the bottles.

    4. When we went to Germany, we could compare the different kinds of with those we had in England and Ireland.
    5. In France, itís very common to drink with ďcrÍpesĒ or pancakes.
    6. I seldom drink , but when in France, I canít resist delicious Bordeaux. They are so special!
    7. On Sundays, my uncle Clement couldnít leave the dinner table without a glass of . He loved his hard liquor!
    8. Iíve invited Pietro for a drink. I know he canít have . 8. Iíll buy some , , and his favourite , an Italian brand.
    9. You canít have , Lucy : youíre too young for caffeineÖ but as itís cold, I suggest or Ö
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