Irish Drinking Quotes for Your Next Toast

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Frank Sinatra said, "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy." Well, the Irish certainly follow this commandment. It’s no secret that this culture loves their drink; there’s the quintessential Irish Guinness, the trusted Irish whiskey—even the coffee has alcohol. In fact, studies have shown that Irish adults consume more alcohol than any other drinkers in the world—up to 80% more per person than the worldwide average.

If that’s the case, the Irish surely have some wisdom they can share. If you’re looking for a true pub experience, start with the Irish drinking quotes below. Whether you are giving a toast at the bar or just want to get in the mood, these Irish sayings about drinking will set the tone.

Ed McMahon:

"God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world."

Winston Churchill:

"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."

Barry McCaffrey:

"When I get a very generous introduction like that I explain that I'm emotionally moved, but on the other hand I'm Irish and the Irish are very emotionally moved. My mother is Irish and she cries during beer commercials."

Irish Quote:

"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to Heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven."

Irish Proverb:

"Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord, and it makes you miss him."

Alex Levine:

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat."

Noel Gallagher:

"I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my mum. I know I've got Irish blood because I wake up every day with a hangover."

Author Unknown:

"For every wound, a balm.
For every sorrow, cheer.
For every storm, a calm.
For every thirst, a beer."

Oscar Wilde:

"Work is the curse of the drinking class."

Irish Drinking Toasts

"Here's to me, and here's to you,
And here's to love and laughter

I'll be true as long as you,
And not one moment after."

"May your glass be ever full,
May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you're dead."