Meaning of “drinking” in the English Dictionary

"drinking" in British English

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drinkingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdrɪŋ.kɪŋ/ us /ˈdrɪŋ.kɪŋ/

drinking noun [ U ] (ALCOHOL)

the activity of drinking alcohol:

I've done a lot of drinking since dad died.
Drinking and driving is dangerous.
The doctor told me to change my drinking habits (= not to drink so much alcohol).

More examples

  • In the end, it was the continual drinking that was his downfall.
  • The government is clamping down on teenage drinking.
  • I had to give up drinking for health reasons.
  • The police are trying to stop out-of-hours drinking.
  • The eating, drinking and partying went on late into the night.

(Definition of “drinking” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drinking" in American English

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drinkingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈdrɪŋ·kɪŋ/

when someone drinks alcohol:

Your drinking is a problem.

(Definition of “drinking” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)