The word booze has been around since the fourteenth century. It comes from the Middle Dutch verb busen, meaning to drink heavily, and first appears in English as a verb spelled bouse. This is in a satirical poem titled Heil Seint Michel, found in the manuscript London, British Library, MS Harley 913 and dating to sometime before 1325:

Hail ȝe holi monkes … Late and raþe ifillid of ale and wine! Depe cun ȝe bouse.
(Hail the holy monks … Slowly and before long filled with ale and wine! Deeply can they booze.)1

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