Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Monday 18 November 1661
From the OED: 1648 T. Gage Eng.-Amer. xix. 144 If they can get any drink that will make them mad drunk..they never leave off, untill they bee mad and raging drunke.
Perhaps the difference between merrie and drunke is the resulting behaviour after having drink taken. Can I suggest that getting drunk leads to behaviour that might be (or ought to be) regretted when sober, whereas merrie has no lasting effects.