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I think I've heard it some time ago but I can't remember. Is there an English word or idiomatic expression for "A person who doesn’t drink much to control others"?

marked as duplicate by lbf, Jason Bassford, tchrist single-word-requests Aug 1 '18 at 23:16

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  • Do you mean a person who rarely drinks to control others, but frequently drinks for other reasons? Or do you mean a person who would drink a large quantity, but chooses to drink a small quantity because doing so lets them control others? Neither of these sound likely, but I don't see another, more plausible, interpretation of your question. – jejorda2 Aug 1 '18 at 14:06
  • Sorry if I wasn't clear enough. Consider a group of friends that drink together, one of them drinks less to keep others in check. Is there any expression for that person? – arash.amd Aug 1 '18 at 14:10

You could be thinking of drunksitter - like a babysitter for adults :)


A person at a party or a bar who stays sober or nearly sober and prevents their drunk friends/guests from doing anything stupid

My friend turned 21 yesterday and I had to be the drunksitter.

See this post about drunksitting

There is also the term designated driver

a person who abstains from alcoholic beverages at a gathering in order to be fit to drive companions home safely.

I've just noticed that a similar question was answered on ELU previously

  • +1 just because of drunksitter. ;) – Jason Bassford Aug 1 '18 at 15:43

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