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9th May '16 10:10:58 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'', after DrowningYourSorrows in ice cream the previous night over being passed over for a promotion, [=SpongeBob=] goes to work the next day drunk and [[NotHelpingYourCase inadvertently vilifies Mr. Krabs in front of King Neptune who had accused him of stealing his crown]]. When Neptune blasts Mr. Krabs, [=SpongeBob=] instantly comes to his senses and begins to take notice of what's really happening.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'', after DrowningYourSorrows [[DrowningMySorrows drowning his sorrows]] in ice cream the previous night over being passed over for a promotion, [=SpongeBob=] goes to work the next day drunk and [[NotHelpingYourCase inadvertently vilifies Mr. Krabs in front of King Neptune who had accused him of stealing his crown]]. When Neptune blasts Mr. Krabs, [=SpongeBob=] instantly comes to his senses and begins to take notice of what's really happening.
9th May '16 10:09:41 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'', after DrowningYourSorrows in ice cream the previous night over being passed over for a promotion, [=SpongeBob=] goes to work the next day drunk and [[NotHelpingYourCase inadvertently vilifies Mr. Krabs in front of King Neptune who had accused him of stealing his crown]]. When Neptune blasts Mr. Krabs, [=SpongeBob=] instantly comes to his senses and begins to take notice of what's really happening.
9th Apr '16 12:08:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''Flashpoint'': A radio DJ has a nasty bourbon habit and takes a guest hostage. As soon as he realizes the truth about what happened to his son, he stops leaning over the table like he's about to fall over and begins speaking in crystal-clear English.
* ''FamilyMatters'': Urkel gets his punch spiked at a rooftop party and gets thoroughly drunk, drunk enough to fall off the roof. However, once he catches the ledge he sobers up and starts screaming for help.
* In the mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's ''It'', Ben is clearly drunk when he get the phone call from Mike. Once he finds out that It has returned, the terror sobers him up instantly. He then proceeds to get drunk again.

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* ''Flashpoint'': ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'': A radio DJ has a nasty bourbon habit and takes a guest hostage. As soon as he realizes the truth about what happened to his son, he stops leaning over the table like he's about to fall over and begins speaking in crystal-clear English.
* ''FamilyMatters'': ''Series/FamilyMatters'': Urkel gets his punch spiked at a rooftop party and gets thoroughly drunk, drunk enough to fall off the roof. However, once he catches the ledge he sobers up and starts screaming for help.
* In the mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's ''It'', ''Literature/{{It}}'', Ben is clearly drunk when he get the phone call from Mike. Once he finds out that It has returned, the terror sobers him up instantly. He then proceeds to get drunk again.
27th Sep '15 12:29:59 PM REV6Pilot
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* Being shocked, frightened or agitated enough may sober you up amazingly fast (if you aren't stinking drunk to begin with). Mind you this isn't true sobriety - it's the adrenaline (A stimulant) counteracting the alcohol (a depressant). After the shock is over with you will go back to being drunk, if you still have a lot in your system or continue to drink. The reason this is no help is not just because there is more alcohol for the adrenaline to counteract, but very drunk people have trouble recognizing danger to be shocked or scared by it in the first place.
* This trope can also result from people either pretending to be drunk, or acting more drunk than they actually are, then they stop pretending (or forget to keep up the pretense) when something interesting happens.
* A similar effect results from those who are [[SleepyHead "hung over" on sleep]]. Waking up at an inopportune time in the sleep cycle (in particular, attempting to rouse someone from stage 3 or 4 sleep) results in the person being ''incredibly'' groggy, but something particularly important can rouse them to full wakefulness in an instant. This is why many people splash cold water on their face in the morning: the body interprets this as an "assault" and prepares to fight an assailant. When there is no real danger, the person is simply awake.
** Realizing that you're late for work or school can also wake you up very fast.

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* Being shocked, frightened or agitated enough may sober you up amazingly fast (if fast, provided you aren't stinking drunk to begin with). ''stinking'' drunk. Mind you you, this isn't true sobriety - it's the adrenaline (A (a stimulant) counteracting the alcohol (a depressant). After the shock is over with you will go back to being drunk, with, if you still have a lot in your system or continue to drink.drink, you will go back to being drunk. The reason this is no help is not just because there is more alcohol for the adrenaline to counteract, but very drunk people have trouble recognizing danger to be shocked or scared by it in the first place.
* This trope can also result from people either [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to be drunk, or acting more drunk than they actually are, are]], then they stop pretending (or forget to keep up the pretense) when something interesting happens.
* A similar effect results from those who are [[SleepyHead "hung over" on sleep]]. Waking up at an inopportune time in the sleep cycle (in particular, attempting to rouse someone from stage 3 or 4 sleep) results in the person being ''incredibly'' groggy, but something they consider particularly important (such as being late for school or work) can rouse them to full wakefulness in an instant. This is why many people splash cold water on their face in the morning: the body interprets this as an "assault" and prepares to fight an assailant. When there is no real danger, the person is simply awake.
awake.
** Realizing that you're late for Depending on how critically important the person deems to wake up when the alarm clock rings, it can work just as nicely as a loud scream straight to the ear no matter how peaceful the bell's tune is, or school can also wake you up very fast.
how mild its volume is set to.
27th Sep '15 12:07:37 PM REV6Pilot
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* First episode of ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Revy and Rock have an impromptu drinking-competition in a BadGuyBar, and both of them are looking extremely sloshed - then a bunch of mercenaries shoot up the place with heavy machine guns and grenades, and they all have to crawl to safety and drive to safety - which they accomplish without so much as a hiccup. Perhaps justified for Revy, since she's a top-grade ActionGirl and all-round BadAss, but Rock is just a Japanese salaryman who gained his alcohol-tolerance from getting dragged out drinking with his superiors all the time. Being able to snap back to sober that quickly seems like it should be beyond him...

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* First episode of ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Revy and Rock have an impromptu drinking-competition in a BadGuyBar, and both of them are looking extremely sloshed - then a bunch of mercenaries shoot up the place with heavy machine guns and grenades, and they all have to crawl to safety and drive to safety - which they accomplish without so much as a hiccup. Perhaps justified for Revy, since she's a top-grade ActionGirl and all-round BadAss, but Rock is just a Japanese salaryman who gained his alcohol-tolerance from getting dragged out drinking with his superiors all the time. Being able to snap back to sober that quickly seems like it should be beyond him...
26th Aug '15 9:16:29 AM Willbyr
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* Justified in ''GhostInTheShell'', since the protagonists are cyborgs who can have the toxins filtered out of their blood immediately. In the first movie, The Major willingly allows herself to get drunk by disabling this function.

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* Justified in ''GhostInTheShell'', ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', since the protagonists are cyborgs who can have the toxins filtered out of their blood immediately. In the first movie, The Major willingly allows herself to get drunk by disabling this function.
15th Jun '15 9:13:52 PM Geoduck
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* In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' it turns out that there are convenient machines in space that serve this purpose; just stick a coin into the slot.

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* In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' it turns out the eponymous establishment helpfully offers a device in its lobby that there are convenient machines in space that serve serves this purpose; just stick pour the drunk into the booth and drop a coin into in the slot.
15th Jun '15 9:08:48 PM megajake
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* In the mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's ''It'', Ben is clearly drunk when he get the phone call from Mike. Once he finds out that It has returned, the terror sobers him up instantly. He then proceeds to get drunk again.
22nd Apr '15 5:23:51 PM nombretomado
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* During the ''AxisPowersHetalia'' [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas 2007 strips]], a cheerfully drunk England is [[FourthWallMailSlot told]] by Finland that one fan wants his advice on what to do about a broken heart, whereupon he suddenly becomes sober and sad as he reveals that he himself has suffered from a broken heart for at least 100 years and knows [[TheWoobie all too well]] [[LoveHurts what heartbreak feels like]]. [[TalkingAnimal Hanatamago]] even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: "He suddenly snapped out of it!"

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* During the ''AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas 2007 strips]], a cheerfully drunk England is [[FourthWallMailSlot told]] by Finland that one fan wants his advice on what to do about a broken heart, whereupon he suddenly becomes sober and sad as he reveals that he himself has suffered from a broken heart for at least 100 years and knows [[TheWoobie all too well]] [[LoveHurts what heartbreak feels like]]. [[TalkingAnimal Hanatamago]] even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: "He suddenly snapped out of it!"
21st Mar '15 6:27:23 PM TheNewEnglandGamer
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** Realizing that you're late for work or school can also wake you up very fast.
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