Tom Dalzell also wants "hooch," but the RHHDAS has it right. This is

from the Literary Digest, "The Lexicographer's Easy Chair," 17 September

1921, pg. 71, col. 1:

"L. P.," Brooklyn, N. Y.--"What can you tell me of the origin of


_Hooch_ is a contraction of _hoochinoo_, a very powerful distilled

liquor made from yeast, flour, molasses or sugar by the Indians of Alaska.

For additional information, consult Emerson's "Beverages, Past and Present,"

volume 2, page 444.

Actually, for additional information, consult the Alaskan word

dictionary that was published in the 1980s.