TIL you can get “tea drunk”

Bookmarked What to Know About Getting Tea Drunk by Devan CiccarelliDevan Ciccarelli (

In China, being “tea drunk” is known as cha zui. This Chinese translation means someone who’s moved into an altered state of being after drinking tea. Similar to alcohol, this shift can change how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Thanks to specific compounds found in tea leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant, tea drinking may lead to a type of euphoric, calm, yet alert feeling.

I wonder if this is why I don’t like the fancily machine steeped tea at the tea shop downtown, which I would describe as “intense” and I can never finish a pot 🤷‍♀️

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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