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Etymology [ edit ]
Probably first used in literature in this manner by
Ernest Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises (1926). 
( good drunk plural ) good drunks
( idiomatic ) A person who is cheerful and companionable when intoxicated, retaining reasonable control of his or her mental and emotional faculties.
2004, Shane Watson, "drink," New Statesman, vol. 133, no. 4717, p. 56:
In many quarters, "it is important to be a
good drunk to fit in socially" (make that across the board if you are male).
2005, Karen Emmerich (translator), Vassilis Vassilikos (author), The Few Things I Know About Glafkos Thrassakis, ISBN 9781583226544, p. 108:
He was drinking a lot back when I first met him. A real heavy drinker, but a
good drunk. He never let his ugly side show.
2008, Geoff Coates, In June the River ,  , page 142: ISBN 9780615255088
The boss and my fellow workers were well aware of my drinking habits, but I had always been able to keep my wits about me. I was a good drunk, as they say.
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References [ edit ]
^ Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926), p. 148 of 1954 Scribner's edition: "Mike was a bad drunk. Brett was a good drunk. Bill was a good drunk. Cohn was never drunk. Mike was unpleasant after he passed a certain point."