Word Origin & History
by 1768 "drink a lot" (v.), variant of M.E. bouse (c.1300), from M.Du. busen "to drink heavily," related to M.H.G. bus (intrans.) "to swell, inflate," of unknown origin. The noun is recorded by 1821, perhaps 1714; reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Boozy (1719) was one of Benjamin
Franklin's 225 synonyms for "drunk," published in 1722. In New Zealand from c.WWII, a drinking binge was a boozeroo.