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[[caption-width-right:315: The "Hic" tells you he's drunk.\\
The "Hee~!" tells you he's lovin' it.]]
->''"... You've been drinking scotch, Diabetus?"''
-->-- '''LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}}''', ''WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}''

Alcohol does very strange things to people. It makes people slur their speech, it can make them [[SingleMaltVision see double]], and some people even [[CantHoldHisLiquor pass out]] after having even a single drink. And [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy worse]]. However the strangest of all the effects that alcohol can have on people is... hiccuping? In many shows, the hiccup is often a shorthand for "this person is drunk", because, apparently, having them slur their words and stagger around the house isn't easily understood.

Why they use a hiccup isn't really understood, though one possible explanation is that, since alcohol reduces inhibitions and can make even the most boring things hilariously funny (for no reason readily apparent to people outside of the bottle), a prolonged fit of the giggles, chuckles, or outright cackling laughter provokes a case of hiccups. Of course, this explanation doesn't work for those souls who [[DrowningMySorrows don't have much to laugh about at the moment]], but they can always cry so much they get the hiccups.

TruthInTelevision for some drinkers. For example, many people get uncontrollable hiccups after drinking (especially beer or ale) with meals.

Not to be confused for a hick that likes to drink.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In at least the English dub of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Yukari is known to let out a "hic" when she's been drinking. (It may just be to pad out the syllables to match the amount of time that the mouth moves.)
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Belldandy lets out a few of these after she gets drunk... ''[[IntoxicationEnsues on cola]]''.
* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' Lum has some after getting drunk off of pickled plums
* When Kaoru gets drunk in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': Roy Fokker does this, at least in TheMovie.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Rock Lee also does this when he ends up taking in alcoholic stuff.
* In ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'', Matsuri, after driving over drunk to get Sakurako treatment after she makes it back to her world, has one when she says "It's your powers coming online [[SayItWithHearts (hic)]]"
* Hyouzou from ''Franchise/OnePiece'' is almost constantly drinking, and is almost constantly hiccuping after each sentences.
* Happens to Hitomi in the 7th episode of "Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne" after she gets drunk off of wine.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'': [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ05/DisplayOQ05.html?page=32 Pike after eating dreamberries]]. Not actually alcoholic, admittedly, and with fewer unpleasant side effects. Though, this ''does'' raise the obvious allegations that dreamberries are a narcotic...
* Drunken people in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' books hiccup a lot. This is sometimes played with, as in ''Asterix and the Laurel Wreath'', where an inebriated Roman goes not only ''hic'', but also ''haec'' and ''hoc'' (all actual Latin words, all meaning "this").
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': Captain Haddock, and Snowy in the earlier stories, often hiccups when drunk.
* This once happened with [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Riddler]] in ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween''.
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Linsee]] from ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' gets the hics when she's drunk on fermented coconut milk.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]

* Happens to [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Roxas]] in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9518583/1/11-Drunk-Nobodies-Play-Slender]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' the elephant. Partly justified in that he's drunk off champagne (though it would really make him belch more than hiccough). Dumbo already had the hiccups a bit before he got drunk. They just got worse afterward. Played straight with Timothy.
* Hiss in Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' after being trapped in a barrel of ale.
* Robespierre in ''Gay Purr-ee''.
* Gideon from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', [[TheVoiceless this is his only "dialogue" in the film]].
** Also, one of the humorous clocks made by Geppetto seen at the beginning is of a little drunk man who hangs out the window of a tavern and it makes a hiccup-like sound instead of ringing.
* Uncle Waldo from ''Disney/TheAristocats''.
* The drunk Scotsman from ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist''.
* Honest John in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''.
* Smee in ''Disney/PeterPan''
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', the poor rat who let slip "Rat" was hiccupping throughout his speech and song as well.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Happens in the original ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''.
* Happens to Scarlett O'Hara in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
* Mike's hiccup in ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' (which was followed by a comedic blooper which stayed in the final film)
** They even included it in the musical remake, ''Film/HighSociety''.
* Near the beginning of ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'', Samantha lampshades this trope while on the way home from a Christmas party with her clearly drunk friend, jokingly mentioning bubbles coming from his mouth that make a "hic" sound when they pop.
* Hazel Flagg, who's never been to the big city before and is a lightweight, does this in ''Film/NothingSacred'' after overindulging during a night out on the town.
* A hilarious variation occurs in ''Film/CityLights'' when The Tramp, in a drunken stupor, accidentally swallows a whistle, causing him to disrupt the party, unintentionally flag down several taxis, and call a pack of dogs.
* Long Duk Dong on ''Film/SixteenCandles''
* Several of the titular ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' hiccup when they get drunk at the bar.
* The cat ghoulie hiccups once ''Film/GhouliesIIIGhouliesGoToCollege'' after they drink the frat brothers' beer supply, they also belch quite a bit.
* One of Prince Herbert's guards in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' constantly hiccups, hinting that he's been hitting the wine a bit early. Also happens in ''{{Spamalot}}''.
* Affects Jason in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'': Mary Poppins hiccups after taking a spoonful of "Rum Punch" flavoured medicine.
* Norville Barnes hiccuped a few times as he was [[DrowningMySorrows drowning his sorrows]] in ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy''.
* Buddy Love after getting drunk in the original version of ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'' (and the elixir wearing off a little too soon).
* Stephen does this in ''Film/AFreeSoul'' when he shows up drunk for his mother's birthday party.
* Eddie in ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot''. He was horrified at the suggestion to drink some water to cure them.
* In the original ''Film/HeavenCanWait1943'', hiccups are absolutely the only sign that a couple has been drinking, yet everyone immediately jumps to the conclusion.
* Pretty much most of the time a character gets drunk in a ''Creator/LaurelAndHardy'' film.
* Chief Baker Charles Joughin in the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic documentary-drama, ''ANightToRemember''.
* Since ''Film/TheMonster'' is a silent film, we actually see a title card that says "Hic!" after Johnny gets into the liquor that Amos [[DiscreetDrinkDisposal poured into a water jug]].
* Andy in ''Film/TheChamp'' let out one when he showed up drunk to a meeting with some boxing promoters from Los Angeles. [[BlatantLies He tried to claim it was something he ate.]] They didn't believe him.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanFeudalism. Plato's ''Literature/{{Symposium}}'' is set during a house party. When Aristophanes shows to make his speech up [[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.01.0174:text=Sym.:section=185c&highlight=hiccough he has hiccups]] which Socrates blames on [[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/surfeit surfeit]], excessive drinking.
* Several characters in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' including Sir Cadogan, Winky, Horace Slughorn, and Hagrid.
* In ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'', Gwen starts hiccupping after getting drunk on Lady Brompton's special punch.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''hilarious'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rvxxa66Co4 incident]] where Lucy does a commercial for [[IntoxicationEnsues Vitameatavegamin]], she hiccups once several minutes into her inebriation.
** Also lampshaded in another episode, where Lucy believes everyone has forgotten her birthday. Feeling unloved, she goes to the park and starts crying, which causes her to start hiccuping. A man walks by and mistakes her for a poor person, which she denies:
-->'''Lucy:''' No, trust me. ''(hiccup)'' I'm loaded!
-->'''Man:''' Yes, I can see that.
* Foster Brooks, who played a stage alcoholic for decades despite being a teetotaler, hiccuped as part of his schtick.
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}'': "Why'd it take so long? The bus station's only two streets away!" "Yeah, well -hic- the wind was against me..."
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl apparently gets the hiccups when he's both drunk and nervous as displayed in "Stole A Motorcycle".
* An early episode of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested several tricks that are supposed to defeat a Breathalyzer. (They all failed.) At the end of the episode, loopy-drunk Adam is giving the wrapup and [[NeverGetsDrunk Jamie]] throws in a fake hiccup.
* Happened to Otis at least once in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* A combination of this and HiccupHijinks happened to Jack Tripper in an early episode of ''Series/ThreesCompany''. While Jack wasn't actually drunk, he did have enough beer to give himself the hiccups, potentially blowing his cover by revealing himself to Chrissy's mother, whom he was hiding from.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Spike Jones cover version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvt4b_qwC_Q "Cocktails For Two"]] uses this as a routine sound effect.
* The SpikeJones song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAoqVtK7Msg Clink Clink Another Drink]]". Naturally, the hiccuping vocals were provided by none other than MelBlanc.
* TruthInTelevision, in ''TheDoors'' song, Five to One, Jim Morrison, who was drunk during the recording session, can be heard hiccuping during the song.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' comic strips, a single hiccup is enough to prove to the press that King Blozo is a drinker, despite his insistence that he isn't. It turns out to be the pea soup his cook gives him.
* The ''ComicStrip/MaryWorth'' comic strip is a champion of temperance, making nearly every character who is weak or bad a conspicuous, hiccuping drinker - often endearing them to many readers (see: Helen Clark in TheComicsCurmudgeon).
* Happens occasionally to Bung, the alcoholic court jester from ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The playfield for ''[[Pinball/WhoaNellieBigJuicyMelons Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons]]'' has a drunk in the lower-left corner of the playfield.
-->"''*Hic*'' The brest band ''*Hic*'' best brand ''*Hic*'' ever!"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/AlbertHerring'', Albert starts hiccuping after his first drink of lemonade. The reason for this is that Nancy and Sid have spiked it with rum, but nobody else knows it.
* James the butler in ''Theatre/DinnerForOne''
* Charlotte in ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic''. Her hiccups, along with an unfortunate remark about Desiree's affairs with married men, provoke this quip:
-->'''Desiree''': Dear Countess, may I suggest that you try holding your breath--for a very long time?
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Elmo, ''TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil'''s perpetually drunk arms at man... err, man at arms, does all of these, plus if recruited by a female PC, "Prudy lady" is part of some of his combat quotes.
** Troika's VideoGame/{{Arcanum}} also features it on Sogg Meadmug.
* In ''Franchise/BioShock'' series, picking up two or more alcoholic beverages in quick succession will cause the screen to blur and sway, along with a very audible hiccuping noise. ''[[VideoGame/BioShockInfinite Infinite]]'' even has an achievement for killing enemies while being drunk.
* The player characters in ''VideoGame/{{Tibia}}'' will hiccup when drunk. In text, as the game doesn't have sounds.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', if your character's drunkenness is at or near its limit, a -hic- will sometimes appear at the end of your lines in the in-game chat.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', when your character consumes the in-game drinks, a "...hic" will sometimes be added to the end of your lines in chat, as well as random 'S'es becoming 'sh'es.
** This mechanism used to have hilarious consequences when applied to words like "sit", making it a (possibly) unintentional GettingCrapPastTheRadar moment for the 'T' rated game. It was supposedly "fixed" in a patch.
** This is particularly humorous when, after a long day of questing, you buy one of those fancy keg things from Dalaran and muck about in Ogrimmar. Eventually, a tale off somebody having aggroed some wandering elite, or a patrol, and somebody will proudly proclaim that he/she "shaved your assh back there... hic!".
* ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' had this as the only side effect of drinking. There are no combat penalties for fighting even after drinking all the alcohol your inventory can hold.
* The Drunken Dwarf in ''VideoGame/RuneScape''.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ToejamAndEarl'', where the title characters will start to burp obnoxiously after consuming a Root Beer.
* Rise Kujikawa in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has a drunk hic on the class trip, at the club, right before the merry friends play the King's Game. [[spoiler:It turns out that she really wasn't drunk. She just thought she was.]]
* The drunk driver in ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest''.
* In the Apple II-era game ''[[http://www.zzap64.co.uk/cgi-bin/displayreview.pl?reviewid=40 Infiltrator II]]'', you can find a bottle of vodka in an enemy base, and if you so chooses you can drink it and hic to your heart's content.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''. For genies, peppermint acts like alcohol does for humans. Give Shamir Shamazel a peppermint and he suffers from hiccups, slurred speech, and disorientation.
* It's rare to find a scene where ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'''s Sleip isn't hiccuping (or belching or suppressing the urge to vomit), but then she does spend most of the game completely plastered.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem:Path of Radiance]]'', chapter [[spoiler:23]]. Those who have seen the rest of the following conversation know that this guy was clearly drunk.
** [[spoiler: Shinon]]: Good for you, huh? Har har! ...Hic! You're in love with a pwetty wittle princess, you're fighting side-by-side with yer sub-human pals. Yes! Yer moving up! Oooo, look at you! It's big mister Ike! Leading the good life!
* In ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'', Alice hiccups every couple of seconds when she's [[spoiler:sh]]runk.
* ''VideoGame/{{Conker|sBadFurDay}}'', obviously when drunk, hiccups whenever you try to jump.
* Happens in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series (especially in the remakes) when you talk to guys who are drunk in pubs. There is also one time in ''IV'' when you talk to a drunken guy outside the bar in Endor at night, and he feels like he's not "[[{{Spoonerism}} wurring my slurds or anything]]".
* Harry in ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' hiccups a few times while talking in a scene where he's drunk.
* Matt in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' hiccups constantly, hangs out in the Tazmily bar often, and demands that people not mention that he "smells like booze". [[spoiler:He's not actually drunk, he just has bad hiccups.]]
* Charme in ''{{Recettear}}'', during her bar cutscenes.
* Officer Parker in ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'' before he turns his life around.
* The drunk Nazi guard on the first floor of Buchenwald Castle in ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesandtheLastCrusade''.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', drunk people hiccup a lot, most notably the dwarven rogue [[TheTrickster Thorn Stronghelm]].
* By the end of The Hardy Show episode "Win The Shot, Call The Spot", Truth or Dare without the Truth and with booze, [[ProfessionalWrestling Jeff and Matt Hardy]] are completely wasted on vodka, and Jeff actually does spend the credits having an uncontrollable bout of the hiccups.
* [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/2b68dc4d5f/drunk-history-vol-3-featuring-danny-mcbride-from-drunk-history-danny-mcbride-derekwaters-jen-kirkman-and-jeremykonner This episode]] of WebVideo/DrunkHistory on Funny or Die. Hilariously.
* At the end of the Breakfast of Booze episode of WebVideo/EpicMealTime: "Next time, we eat a cult. ... *hic!*"
* Occurs about five minutes in to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's DrinkingGame review of ''{{It}}''. He only gets more hammered from there.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'':
** Jinx, in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb250.html this]] New Years Eve strip has his speech interrupted with hics after one drink (being only ten or so years old).
** In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1127.html this]] later strip, a no-neck who's had a few too many has his comment peppered with hics.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': Iratu hiccups during his first appearance, completely sloshed.
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', the escape [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter002/ib009.html passes a drunk being helped home.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2290 one sign that God is drunk.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007304 Welcome to the Drunk Rose District]].
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?943 Cocky. He also talks understandably.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Many Creator/WarnerBrothers [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons]], when the stereotypical drunk staggers past, slurs a vague statement, and hiccups. Usually accompanied by a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Dry_I_Am highly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRkrQrkxD6Y&feature=related ironic]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb-29YlZuqY tune]].
** A Merrie Melodies cartoon (''High Note'') featured a drunk musical note staggering around, hiccuping.
** Another Merrie Melodies Cartoon called ''I Gopher You'' starring the Goofy Gophers depicts one of the gophers hiccuping and acting drunk... after falling into a ''pickling vat''.
** The stork in the blue cap.
* In the Walter Lanz Woody Woodpecker Cartoon ''Wild Bill Hiccup'', there was a character who was a parody of Wild Bill Hickok, who hiccuped constantly while holding a bottle.
* The Jolly Rum Cookies in the ''Cookie Carnival'' Disney short do this in their song.
** Speaking of Disney, Pluto is drunk in not one but '''two''' of his early pictures, "Alpine Climbers" and "Pluto's Quinpuplets", complete with full hiccup flourish.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons, Tom often does this when inebriated. He spends nearly the whole of "Part Time Pal" quite drunk, for example -- first on hard cider, than some errantly-spilled bay rum. The hiccups actually help him avoid Mammy's swinging broom.
** Happens to Tuffy in the 1954 cartoon ''Touche, Pussy Cat!'', after he breaks open a cask of wine to flood the street and stop Tom from catching him.
* [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Molly Moo Cow]] gets this after getting drunk in "Molly Moo Cow Meets Rip Van Winkle".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Barney Gumble's trademark belch is a more realistic variation of this trope.
** Played straight however with Marge, Bart, an [[MakesSenseInContext animatronic Ben Franklin]], and Homer at least once.
* The Casseticon Rumble did this in the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' cartoon episode ''Microbots'', where the Decepticons get "over-energized" on [[GRatedDrug Energon cubes]]. Made even funnier when you consider Transformers don't even need to breathe.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' "Too Much of a Gold Thing", Scrooge [=McDuck=] gets a set of these; however, he isn't inebriated, unless you agree with Mrs. Beakly and call Gold Fever inebriation. In-universe, Gold Fever is what happens when someone becomes so greedy, they forget what is important. This is eventually shown when Scrooge risks his, his nephews, Mrs. Beakly's, and her granddaughter's lives, just for a giant disk of gold; then they find a building ''filled'' with the stuff. This is when he starts hiccuping, and it lasts the rest of the episode. Hewey, Dewey, and Louie get 'infected' as well.
* Happens to ''MightyMouse'' in the cartoon "The Lion and the Mouse".
* In the "WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures" segment "One Beer" after getting intoxicated off a single beer Buster, Plucky, and Hamton hiccup several times throughout their speech.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Hearts and Hooves Day", the Cutie Mark Crusaders brew a love potion for Big [=McIntosh=] and Cheerilee. They each hiccup after downing some.
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