by 1821, perhaps 1714; probably originally as a verb, "to drink a lot" (1768), variant of Middle English bouse (c.1300), from Middle Dutch busen "to drink heavily," related to Middle High German bus (intransitive) "to swell, inflate," of unknown origin. The noun reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Johnson's dictionary has rambooze "A drink made of wine, ale, eggs and sugar in winter time; or of wine, milk, sugar and rose-water in the summer time." In New Zealand from c.World War II, a drinking binge was a boozeroo.
Any alcoholic drink, esp whiskey and other spirits (1880s+)
To drink alcoholic beverages, esp to drink whiskey heavily (1760s+)
[fr Middle English and dialect bowse (pronounced like booze), ''drink, carouse,'' reinforced by the name of a 19thcentury Philadelphia distiller, E G Booze]