A classic piece of silliness in text-based MUDs, particularly those of the DIKU breed. Drunken speech allows players to, after quaffing alcoholic liquids, think they're speaking normally while the rest of the world sees slurred gibberish.


Player sees:
say hello
You say 'hello'

Everyone else in the rooms sees:
JoeBob says, 'HeeEElLooooo'
JoeBob belches loudly.

This hopefully results in social embarassment, especially if the drunken player doesn't realize what they've just imbibed.

It is interesting to note that in most cases, whether a player is drunk is a boolean state; any alcohol whatsoever will impair their speech. How much they drink affects only how long this effect lasts for.

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