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->'''Lily''': [[INeedAFreakingDrink I need a drink.]]
->'''Olive''': You're ''holding'' a drink.
->'''Lily''': [dumps out drink] I need a ''stronger'' one.
-->--''Series/PushingDaisies''

The Lady Drunk is that [[AlwaysFemale female]] StockCharacter who's an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]], older woman (in her 40s to her 60s or so) and usually has either a bitter, misanthropic personality or is the all-too-grown-up version of the HardDrinkingPartyGirl. (In the latter case, she is quite likely to turn into a ChristmasCake as well.) Likely having started out as an upper-crust GrandeDame, she tends to drink from a martini glass and may be used as a stock member of a BigScrewedUpFamily. In her day, she was probably [[IWasQuiteALooker quite attractive]] and rather promiscuous.

The character type may have originated with the idea that once the lady who ReallyGetsAround loses her looks, she starts drinking as compensation.

Not to be confused with a [[TheKidsInTheHall girl drink drunk]].
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!!'''Examples:'''

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Pictured above: Eva Heinemann from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is a slightly younger example.
* Sumeragi Lee Noriega from ''{{Gundam 00}}'' is a genius tactician whose mistake led to many deaths years ago and she still can't get over it, [[DrowningMySorrows drowning her sorrows in wine]].
* Tsunade from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. The first time we meet her she spends her time in and out of casinos and bars, but even as Hokage she likes her sake.
* Kokoro from ''OnePiece''. She practically speaks like she's drunk even when she's sober. [[spoiler: She probably started drinking, because Tom (her boss) was imprisoned and died in jail and Franky/Cutty Flam, her quasi-adoptive son, was seemingly killed when he tried to stop the sea-train, that was transporting Tom to jail.]]
* In ''Walkin' Butterfly'', Michiko's agent Ryo Tago is a former model and an alcoholic in her 40s.
* [[spoiler: Rika Furude]] from ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' definitely counts. This is horribly {{Squick}}ish being that she's a ''prepubescent child''. [[spoiler: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Sort of]].]]
* Sayoko from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is much too bitter to be a HardDrinkingPartyGirl.
* Reiko from ''Manga/SensualPhrase''. [[spoiler: Who pretty much drank herself to death, leaving her son Sakuya in the care of her old boss.]]
* Margery Daw from ShakuganNoShana is definitely one. When she's not helping fight the MonsterOfTheWeek, she's passed out drunk on the couch or fighting the MonsterOfTheWeek ''while'' drunk.
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[[folder:Fan works]]
* Applejack in the "WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic" fanfic Shadow Snark
-->Shadow Snark: I've seen you two times, both times you were completely smashed.
* Star Sparkle in FanFic/DividedRainbow.
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[[folder:Film]]
* MrsRobinson in ''TheGraduate''.
* The mom in ''Spanking the Monkey''.
* The mom in ''OrangeCounty''.
* Lorraine [=McFly=] in the first two ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' films:
** In ''Part I'', during the original timeline (before Marty ever goes back to 1955)
** In ''Part II'', during the 1985-A scenes (where she's married to Biff-A)
*** In a bit of FridgeBrilliance, she's shown sneaking a drink on prom night in 1955.
* Elinore Schwab in ''O.C. and Stiggs'' is a comic exaggeration of this and pretty much every other drunk trope, hiding her booze all over the house and taking {{Quick Nip}}s from, among other things, a set of dummy binoculars.
* Carlotta Vance in ''Dinner At Eight''
* The mom in ''Film/DonnieDarko''.
* ''State of the Union'' has the Sazerac-swilling Mrs. Alexander. It's specified in the DrinkOrder that, except for her, nobody is supposed to have too much to drink, but HilarityEnsues when Mary decides to have some of what she's having. She's more convivial than most examples of this, however.
* Thea, the title character of ''{{Applause}}''.
* The mum in ''Slap Her, She's French''.
* Mrs Dennit in ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby''.
* The mom in ''Film/BlastFromThePast''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Winky the house-elf from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gets drunk on butterbeer out of depression of being disowned by her master. (It has no effects on humans but is strong on elves.)
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Nanny Ogg]] is very fond of a drink, and another drink, and a third (make it a double, please). She's generally a very cheerful person, but otherwise fits.
** In the Art of Discworld, Pratchett mentions that they actually do still turn out Nanny Oggs in Britain. You can generally find them enjoying a pint of the local bitter and having a good time all 'round.
** Madame Sharn, the dwarfish fashion designer from ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' has some elements of this character type.
* A certain noblewoman in ''TheMalloreon'' by DavidEddings is described as a 'lush'. She lives in the deep country and has nothing else to do but drink. Beldin, an otherwise irascible person, treats her with uncharacteristic sympathy. The epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:Beldin talked Zakath into setting her up in the Mallorean capital... and ordering her jackass husband to stay the hell away on threat of his life. She's described as causing minor scandal, but being ''much'' happier.]]
* In the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' AlternateRealityEpisode ''The Blue Angel'', the Doctor's [[MyBelovedSmother Beloved Smother]] is one of these, and refuses to believe that he never drinks... while discussing his psychiatric medications with him. (Antipsychotics are a very good reason not to drink, if you'd rather not die.) She's also a mermaid, and has apparently found some way around the MermaidProblem.
* Scarlett O'Hara in ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' starts drinking surreptitiously after living through the Civil War.
* Madelene Burden in ''Literature/TheWomanAndTheApe'' is a pretty severe example. She is a society wife with virtually nothing to do, who takes a test-tube of medical spirits with her whenever she leaves the house. [[spoiler: About halfway through the book, she has a HeroicBSOD and decides to give up drinking, which she carries through with no apparent ill effects.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Cersei has a flagon of wine often at hand after the deaths of [[spoiler: Joffrey and Tywin]].
* Dolly Pickles from ''Literature/{{Cloudstreet}}'' is drunk when she's introduced. She's such an alcoholic that when she tries to quit, she gets a blinding headache and breaks her leg falling down the stairs trying to get to the kitchen(/alcohol cupboard).
* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt gives us Nora Gripklo in her novel "De skandalösa", who hardly is old, but otherwise fits this trope. She has turned to alcohol after her husband died prematurely.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Kitty Forman of ''That70sShow'' fits part of this trope.
* Dr. Mary Albright of ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' has some elements of this. Her mother, played by Elaine Stritch, is a bit closer to the "true" version.
** In the episode "Dick'll Take Manhattan", the Solomons visit an alternate dimension where Mary is a lonely, burnt out lounge singer and fits this trope like a glove.
* Lucille Bluth of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
-->'''Lucille:''' Get me a vodka rocks.\\
'''Michael:''' Mom, it's breakfast.\\
'''Lucille:''' And a piece of toast.
** Lindsay, a former HardDrinkingPartyGirl, has occasional shades of this, usually when going on lunch or dinner dates with her mother (and with Lucille's constant sniping usually being the thing that drives her to drink).
** Lindsay is convinced vodka can go bad like milk because apparently that's how Lucille explained her drinking to her when she was a child.
* Ellen Tigh from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. Alcoholic, promiscuous, encourages her husband's alcoholism, [[spoiler:collaborates with the Cylons, is one herself...]]
** It was somewhat amusing to note that even after [[spoiler:her husband murders her and she gets resurrected by the Cylons with her full memories restored, Ellen Tigh remains the exact same [[{{Tsundere}} psychotic]], [[PoisonousFriend poisonous bitch]].]] The way it was played, it ''almost'' seemed as if [[spoiler:she knew all along]].
* Maryanne (Christine Baranski) in ''Series/{{Cybill}}''.
* Kitty Montgomery from ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''. At times at least.
* Nina from ''Series/JustShootMe''
* Amber Malone, Rayanne's mom in ''Series/MySoCalledLife''.
* Meredith Palmer from ''Series/TheOffice'' (US version) is essentially a working class variant on this. Michael tried to put her in rehab, and she said no no no!
* Aunt Lily from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' fits this pretty well.
* Marsha, the landlady from ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', is a former groupie who now spends her time drinking wine and arguing with her daughter.
* Claire Meade of ''Series/UglyBetty'' was originally introduced as this character.
* Celia Hodes of ''Series/{{Weeds}}''.
* Karen Walker from ''Series/WillAndGrace''. Depending on if she's drunk or on pills, she can be this or happy-go-lucky.
* The mum from ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'', though if you think she's bad, her best friend tops this by being worse than her.
* Lily's mom in ''Series/ColdCase''.
* Sam's mom in ''Series/WithoutATrace'', although she's more of a party girl who never grew up, much to her daughters' detriment.
* Mrs. Schagalla in the German comedy series/stage up "Bei Stratmann's"
* George's mother Benny in ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', though she is not rich and never was very popular.
* Flo Henshaw, Donna's Mother in ''Series/TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps''.
* Martha Rogers, Series/{{Castle}}'s mother, though she seems to be keeping herself mostly happy.
* Letitia Darling in ''Series/DirtySexyMoney''.
* Sue Ellen Ewing of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', who seems to be trying to bring on a case of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome with how soused she gets while pregnant.
* Adelle [=DeWitt=] of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' fits this pretty well, though on the younger side and provoked by the pressures of a wavering moral compass.
* All the women in ''{{Cougartown}}'' like to drink, but Barb is the closest to this trope, with Jules a close second.
* Brandy of ''Series/NoahsArc'' is a bit younger than the typical LadyDrunk, but still fits the trope otherwise (her position of power somewhat puts her in an "older" role). Her jaded and sarcastic personality also fits the trope.
* Kay Chancellor of ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' is portrayed as the show's grand dame, admired and respected by most of the show's other characters, but also a recovering alcoholic, who's committed some heinous acts while drunk, including killing her second husband.
* Jordan and her friends on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', this is made especially obvious after Jordan's brother Ben dies. One of them even specifies that she gets the shakes if she goes too long without getting laid or having a drink.
* Bree Van de Kamp and her chardonnay on ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
* Lady Patience Hardacre in ''{{Series/Brass}}'' (a comedy version, but both very drunk and still capable of getting men into bed when she tries).
* ''{{Series/JAG}}'': In the episode "War Cries", Ambassador Bartlett discusses Embassy security and the implications of a recent shooting incident (a Marine sentry shot and killed a young boy that was climbing the Embassy walls, who he claims shot at him first) while [[INeedAFreakingDrink drinking Scotch]].

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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/TheWomen'' has the Countess de Lage, who tends to get wistful about "l'amour" over drinks after having divorced four husbands. "Get me a bromide -- and put some gin in it!"
* Joanne (originally played by Elaine Stritch) from ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', especially in her song "The Ladies Who Lunch."
* The title character in ''The Drowsy Chaperone''. She even gets a rousing Diva Song about alcoholism, "As We Stumble Along."
* Elle's mom in ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde : The Musical''.
* Martha in ''WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf''. Heavily implied to be Honey's future as well.
* Gay Wellington in ''YouCantTakeItWithYou''.
* Madame Dilly in ''OnTheTown'' is a cynical old harridan who can't give a singing lesson without a bottle of whiskey to take a QuickNip from.
* Mary's mother in ''Vanities'', whose funeral at the end of the musical brings the three friends back together. Also, Joanne in the third act, where her hatred towards Mary surfaces during a champagne binge.
* The ''ForbiddenBroadway'' song "Stritch" mocks Elaine Stritch for being typecast as this.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ethel Prune of ''LauraBow: The Colonel's Bequest''.
* Eleanor Silverberg from ''SuikodenIV'' fits this trope very well. She comes from the famous Silverberg family of strategists, but is an older woman who lives (mostly) alone on an island where she sits and drinks all day. As an added bonus, she also drugs visitors.
* Hera in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III''.
* One of the possible endings in ''PrincessMaker 2''.
* The first thing Bad Girl does in ''NoMoreHeroes''? Kill a cloned gimp with a baseball bat. The ''second'' thing? Open her fridge, revealing it's full of beer, and drain a can in about four seconds. She's only in her early twenties, but her [[ProfessionalKiller choice of occupation]] has completely numbed her.
--> '''Bad Girl''': So fuckin' thirsty. *chug chug belch* Damn that's smooth. Wanna drink?\\
'''Travis''': Thanks, I'll pass.
* Suika the oni from VideoGame/{{Touhou}} is normally seen drinking sake. And when we say "normally", we mean ''"never seen without her sake gourd"''.
** This is faithful to the original mythological source, and extends to other oni as well. Yuugi is similarly portrayed with a sake dish which she prominently holds onto in both of her appearances, which is pointed out in official spell card comments for Subterranean Animism and a particular [[MemeticMutation Internet meme]].
* Syrenne from TheLastStory.
* The Splicer known as Rosebud from ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has a drunken slur on her words. Apparently, when her daughter was taken to be made into a Little Sister, she hit the bottle ''hard''.
* Wang Yi in the ''DynastyWarriors'' series has exactly two things on her mind: Revenge against Ma Chao, and getting very, very hammered. Not always in that order.
* Rose of Sharon "Cass" Cassidy in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', who has turned to [[DrowningMySorrows drowning her sorrows]] after the loss of her caravan.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Edison Lighthouse, one of the main characters in ''Webcomic/GroovyKinda'' is rarely without a drink in hand. She gets drunk every night, and cheerfully confesses that she's never sober enough for a hangover. She does vow that, now she has a boyfriend, she'll stop getting drunk every night in bars and going home with strangers here: [[http://groovykinda.org/2013/03/20/vow-and-then/ Vow and Then]].
* Dr. Narbon (Senior) from ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' might qualify - you'd need a nuclear explosion to part her from her boxed wine. And even that might not work.
* Mother Greensworthington from ''Webcomic/SoreThumbs'' is a high-society twit who is never seen without a martini glass in hand.
* Ms. Lalonde from the [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MS Paint Adventure]] ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', as well as her post-[[CosmicRetcon Scratch]] counterpart Roxy.
* Martha (Miriam's mom) in ''Webcomic/OutThere''.
* Katie and Sylvester's mom Janelle in [[http://www.agameoffools.com A Game of Fools]].
* Diva's mom in ''Webcomic/EvilDiva''. Though we never see her drunk, and it's played for laughs mostly.
-->'''Mrs. Beelze:''' Do you really need to hear anything more, your honor? It's nearly noon and I could use a martini.
--> '''Virgil:''' Mrs. Beelze, you've had one in your hand the entire time.
--> '''Mrs. Beelze:''' It's warm. Move to dismiss.
* May from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is what you get when you combine this trope with MadScientist. In fact, the reason the indestructible golems of the setting can get drunk is that she didn't want to have to lay off the drinks after she made herself into one. Currently she acts as like a slightly crazy aunt, with a margarita always in hand.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is a twenty seven year old PsychopathicWomanchild, but her alcoholic bitterness still fits this trope.
* Rebecca Stone from WebVideo/DemoReel is even younger (23), but can make Irishmen her bitches in drinking contests.
* Ella Morton (formerly of Rocketboom) in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyvaS1MsaVQ The Elegant Guide to Drinking]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Pickles of ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''. She's generally in a good mood and at times can be the OnlySaneMan.
* Cleo's mom from ''CloneHigh'' fits this to a tee. She seems to have been quite the looker when she was young but turned to alcohol when men started losing interest in her as she grew older. She is now dating a blind man and appears drunk in every scene she's in. She also seems to be slightly envious of her adoptive daughter.
** Her name is, literally, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cleo's Drunk Foster Mom.]]
* Mallory from ''{{Archer}}''.
* Stacy Lovell, the creator of the Malibu Stacy dolls in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
-->'''Lisa:''' I'm sure we can think of something together. Come on!
-->'''Stacy:''' Not now, I'm... too drunk.
-->'''Lisa:''' No you're not!
-->'''Stacy:''' ''(sips slowly from a martini glass, stares into space and sighs)''
-->'''Lisa:''' Uh... I'll come back tomorrow.
** Edna Krabappel.
** Also, Dr. Hibbert's wife passes out upon hearing that Springfield is to enact a ban on alcohol.
* Helga's mother Miriam in ''HeyArnold'' is all but stated as this.
* Snot's mom from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[TheHouseOfWindsor Queen Mum]]. A nervous host once blurted out, "I hear you like gin." With perfect poise, she responded, "I hadn't realized I enjoyed that reputation. But if you'd be so kind, make it a double." And when questioned on the fate of a nebuchadnezzar (20 bottles' worth!) of champagne she'd been given: "Oh, I expect I'll just polish it off myself."
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