Derrick nearly lost everything because of his excessive drinking, but his friends were successful in pulling him back from the brink of disaster.
Medical scientists may be on the brink of finding a cure for the mental disease.
2. To absorb or to receive avidly: The students appeared to drink in all that the professor said in class.
In the early hours of the morning, Tommy stood on the brink of the Grand Canyon to drink his coffee. The view, the aroma, and the taste of the coffee were exhilarating.