under the pseudonym Mrs. Silence Dogwood, Ben Franklin writes to the Pennsylvania Gazette (although i was under the impression it had been to The New England Courant) a teetotaling (in all likelihood sardonic) compendium of contemporary (late 1700s) idioms for drunkenness.
some of my favourites:
been to France
clips the king’s English
contending with pharaoh
the malt is above the water
been too free with the creature
had a thump over the head with Samson’s jawbone
and of course,
got on his little hat.
get ready to be annoyed by me trying to incorporate these into my quotidian vernacular.