Alcohol poison

verb Back formation
To get so drunk that the person gets alcohol poisoning. The verb '(to) alcohol poison' is formed by back formation from the noun 'alcohol poisoning'. Since 'poisoning' is in fact the gerund form of 'poison', the gerund ending '-ing' from 'alcohol poisoning' is dropped to form a new verb 'alcohol poison', which is not just a modified version of 'poison' since the English language does not have verb phrases formed in that manner (like 'cyanide poison', 'strychnine poison', etc). This new word was formed to convey a very distinct meaning, that of getting sick due to overindulgence with alcohol, that would be hard to convey in so few words otherwise in English. For the sake of expedience, the speaker made a very simple alteration to the form of the word to change only its part of speech. This phrase could be used anywhere by anyone since it is a succinct, non-pejorative description of an action but would obviously be used most frequently by those in contact with the problem most frequently (ER personnel, medics, police, etc.) and is almost always reflexive: a student "alcohol poisons" himself, not another person.
"We try to make sure no one alcohol poisons themselves to death."
Etymology : Back formation: from noun 'alcohol poisoning', delete "gerund ending" '-ing' to get infinitive of "verb" (in reality a whole new word)
Source : Professor - Nov. 24, 2010
Last modified: 8 December 2010