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    getting wasted

    In American culture, when is it appropriate to use the phrase - getting wasted? google search result suggest the phrase used in the context of getting intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.

    After how many beers or wine glasses would a person say: I was getting wasted at the party?

    What is the likely origin of this phrase?
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    Re: getting wasted

    Quote Originally Posted by greenisgood View Post
    In American culture, when is it appropriate to use the phrase - getting wasted? google search result suggest the phrase used in the context of getting intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.

    After how many beers or wine glasses would a person say: I was getting wasted at the party? I suppose that would vary a great deal from person to person.

    What is the likely origin of this phrase?
    I can't say. Let's see if anyone else has an idea about its origin.

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    Re: getting wasted

    It's just "I was wasted."
    You can use it in place of "I was very drunk."

    Or "You should have better things to do with your weekends than sit around getting wasted."
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    Re: getting wasted

    Quote Originally Posted by greenisgood View Post
    After how many beers or wine glasses would a person say: I was getting wasted at the party?
    Too many- if you're wasted, you're very intoxicated. If you lay waste to something, especially in a war, you destroy it. I guess that the meaning here is similar- it's not just a glass or two, it's very drunk.
    Last edited by Tdol; 08-Dec-2014 at 10:39. Reason: typo

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    Re: getting wasted

    Tolerance for alcohol depends on a variety of things: body size, body fat (alcohol is fat soluble), genetics (alcohol dehydrogenase production), and previous alcohol consumption (alcohol dehydrogenase induction).

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    Re: getting wasted

    "Wasted" usually implies that the person was extremely drunk (or stoned on drugs). After a night of partying, if someone is described as "drunk" it means that they were probably slurring their words, walking a bit unsteadily and laughing uproariously at the least little thing. If they were described as "wasted" it means that they probably eventually passed out and had no recollection the next morning of their behavior at the previous night's party.

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    Re: getting wasted

    I can't quite agree. For sure it means very drunk, but not to the point of passing out and blackouts.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Dec-2014 at 01:45. Reason: Tiny typo
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    Re: getting wasted

    I think there are degrees of "wasted".

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    #9

    Re: getting wasted

    I agree. I have heard/used "a bit wasted", "fairly wasted", "pretty wasted", "totally wasted" and "completely wasted". I don't think any one of them specifically means passing out or blacking out. For that, I would expect "I was so wasted, I passed out!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: getting wasted

    Yes, but before someone passes out, they were completely wasted. It is often a progression.

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