Several theories exist on the naming of this dish. One states that it is because of the use of rice wine in preparing this dish, but no alcohol is added in any of the original Thai recipes. Another states that it was devised by someone who came home drunk but still wanted something to eat that could be made easily with whatever ingredients were available. Or someone used what remained in their fridge to cook a side dish for their alcohol drinking. As such it should actually be renamed "drunkard's noodles." Yet another theory states that this dish is so spicy that one needs to drink beer to temper the heat.