03/05/17 The Difference between Drunk and Drunken


If you are drunk, you are intoxicated. If you are a drunken sot, you are habitually drunk. The first term implies an instance of intoxication, the second a constant tendency toward intoxication. Also, people are drunk, but their behavior is drunken (with the idiomatic exception of drunk driving). Finally, remember that drunk – not drank – is the past participle of drink <have you drunk any coffee this morning?>.