Created By: Earnest on November 28, 2010

Forced Sobriety / Abstinence

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Bob likes his booze. A lot. He may be a regular alcoholic, or does so to try and escape remembering his Dark and Troubled Past. Fate, being a cruel and fickle mistress, has other ideas. Alice drags Bob (usually shambling and slurring rather than kicking and screaming) someplace without liquor of any kind. The reasons vary, Alice may be doing an intervention, she may be trying to save his life from government assassins, or Bob (all by his lonesome) stumbled onto a bus/ship/plane/rocket to someplace where the only spirits are of the figurative variety.

So, Bob will be Forced Sober (better names?) against his wishes. He'll whine, complain, and take every opportunity to get a drop of booze. Once he's over a rather epic hangover/withdrawal, he'll do the emotional equivalent of curling into a ball in a corner. If he can resolve whatever emotional hangups were leading him to drink the sadness away, he may decide being sober is better, and it wills stick. If he's fundamentally unchanged, he'll jump right back into the nearest vat of beer.

  • Happens to the "blueberry" elf in Drowtales, notable for her being a "pre-teen" by drow standards. She's forced sober because Ariel takes her (she's her slave) to the overworld to look for a friend. Her reason for alcoholism? She was trying to suppress the pain of Diva Ratrika's Aura Possession.
  • Long Joseph in Otherland, who was the father to one of the protagonists, drank to avoid responsibility for his children and sadness over his wife's death. He's forced sober when they hole up in an abandoned government base to escape assassins.
  • Phillip from Goats during the whole multiverse arc. He's kept prisoner in a "dry dimension" where there's no beer.

Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • November 28, 2010
    Rumisiel from Misfile is forced to stay sober while living with Ash and her dad. It's a work in progress for all of them.
  • November 28, 2010
    Nailed To The Wagon since this is someone forcibly kept from falling Off The Wagon.

    • El Hazard's Mr. Fujisawa. He hates being sober, but he gains super-strength from it, so the other characters enter a conspiracy to keep him off the bottle. He doesn't take it well.
  • November 29, 2010
    Nailed To The Wagon is awesome.
  • November 30, 2010
    Newspaper Comics
    • Bloom County. Binkley once forced his father to quit cigarettes cold turkey by disposing of all of the ones in their house. The strip didn't explain why the father didn't go out and buy more.