How Many Drinks Is Too Many? Counting Alcohol Quotes

One is all right, two is too many, three is not enough. ~James Thurber, 1960  [martinis –tg]

Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third. ~Knute Rockne (1888–1931)

The first glass is a sedative, the second a psychologist, the third glass an excuse, and the fourth a lobotomy. ~Terri Guillemets, “I need glasses,” 1996

For fear that one drink will be lonesome, take another to keep it company, and another to keep peace between them.
      One glass is wholesome,
      Two glasses toothsome,
      Three glasses blithesome,
      Four glasses fulsome,
      Five glasses noisome,
      Six glasses quarrelsome,
      Seven glasses darksome.
~A Book of Old Songs, Healths, Toasts, Sentiments, and Wise Sayings Pertaining to the Bond of Good Fellowship, 1901  [“after Charles Lamb” —tg]

Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. The trouble is I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or fourteenth. ~George Burns (1896–1996)

Olivia:  What’s a drunken man like, fool?
Feste:  Like a drowned man, a fool and a mad man: one draught above heat makes him a fool; the second mads him; and a third drowns him.
Olivia:  Go thou and seek the crowner, and let him sit o’ my coz; for he’s in the third degree of drink, he’s drowned: go, look after him.
Feste:  He is but mad yet, madonna; and the fool shall look to the madman.
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, c. 1601  [I, 5]

On drink three time is blurred, and suddenly I’m not thinking about the future any more. Or the past. Or even the present… I’m floating through time. ~Dodie Clark, Secrets for the Mad, 2017

Three glasses of wine can set everything to rights. ~Chinese proverb

I love the dappled place I find myself after one drink, and even two, but after three I’m getting lost in the woods, after four, I’m climbing back onto the barstool… ~Abigail Thomas, What Comes Next and How to Like It, 2015

After Vance had his third drink he knew he’d had enough. He was feeling the bang. ~Franklin White, Cup of Love, 2001

I drink exactly as much as I want, and one drink more. ~H. L. Mencken (1880–1956)

A few drams make a drunkard, a few drunkards make a dram-shop, and many dram-shops damn a nation. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, — floor!  ~Drinking saying

In the first Warmth of our Liquor, we begin to have an Opinion of our Wit; the next Degree of Heat gives us an Opinion of our Courage. ~Sententiæ Selectæ, compiled by Edward Curray, 1732

Have your final drink first — and then stop. ~Terri Guillemets, “Advice,” 1994

Counting Alcohol Quotations
Original post date: 2000 Mar 28
1st major revision: 2018 Aug 12
2nd major revision: 2019 Apr 3
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