Stan: So you just built your store on an Indian burial ground?!Incidents of jaw-dropping stupidity brought about by a character's excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. This tends to overlap with In Vino Veritas: Often, the character committing the act of alcohol-induced idiocy will be an otherwise sensible and reasonably intelligent person when sober. If the character is normally dimwitted, getting drunk will make him even dumber. In both cases, the character's inebriation usually results in him being a danger to himself and others. Someone who becomes a Drunken Master when intoxicated is the direct opposite, though sometimes these tropes can alternate (e.g. a rock musician who is more capable drunk onstage than sober, but then gets beaten up after picking a pointless fight he has no chance of winning the moment he gets offstage) or can even co-exist (the thing the drunken mastery is of is something that someone in any kind of rational mental space would not do, e.g. walking a tightrope above a guaranteed fatal drop without safety gear, wrestling an actual bear). Liquid Courage tends to be a more positive occurrence. Alcohol-Induced Idiocy can be similar to the Idiot Ball or any other plot device that depends on Contrived Stupidity. Thus, this trope is related to Too Dumb to Live, What an Idiot, Out-of-Character Moment, What Were You Thinking?, and Phlebotinum-Induced Stupidity. The only difference is that this trope comes with a built-in excuse. Can often lead to a character getting an Embarrassing Tattoo… or doing something much, much worse. Some of the other results of Alcohol-Induced Idiocy are covered in the What Did I Do Last Night?, You Wake Up in a Room, and Sorry Ociffer tropes. May overlap with Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb. Once the character sobers up and is taken to task for their actions they may attempt to explain that It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. In comedy works, we (the audience) might not hear all the details of what happened while a character was under the influence, just humorous and tantalizing hints to feed our imaginations. The Alcohol-Induced Idiocy trope can also be used as An Aesop about the dangers of over-consuming alcohol and drunk driving. Unfortunately, instances of Alcohol-Induced Idiocy are so common that this is Truth in Television.
Store owner: Oh, hell, no. First I dug up all the bodies, pissed on them, and then buried them again upside-down.
Store owner: Why? I don't know. I was drunk.
Store owner: Oh, hell, no. First I dug up all the bodies, pissed on them, and then buried them again upside-down.
Store owner: Why? I don't know. I was drunk.
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- In Brave10, a gargantuan magical crab attacks Jinpachi's ship in the middle of the drinking challenge against the Braves and the sailors are freaking out trying to get away from it when Kamanosuke happens to note it looks tasty. Isanami and the others concur, and next thing you know Saizo is killing it with his ninja techniques and asking Jinpachi to fry it with his lightning powers. This kind of reckless behaviour is what gets Jinpachi to join up with them.
- This is the reason Inukai from Flying Witch turned into a dog-person. She got drunk off her ass and decided to snack on some magical chocolate designed to turn people into animals.
- Quite a few of these pop up for Blue Collar Comedy. Bill Engvall has a bit about drinking a Bahama Mama while high on Vicodin which lead to him wandering off and agreeing to go parasailing with some strangers, and there's also Ron White's infamous "thrown out of a bar in New York" routine (which has him admit to a previous arrest where he decided to screw with the officer by giving "Tator Salad" as an alias, which went on his record).
- John Mulaney has had to give up drinking entirely because of his previous tendency to drink until he blacked out and wake up to strange consequences. Among other things, he's mentioned waking up with more money than he started the evening with (something he considers more unsettling than waking up to find he has less money than he started with), drinking a bottle of what could either have been whiskey or perfume ("It's perfume!"), and wondering if he stole some antique wedding pictures from the house of a classmate who threw a party there (it turns out he didn't. Another classmate apparently had a habit of doing that.)
- Mike Birbiglia's tale about being drunk at a laundromat, which involved him believing he was in a submarine "in a sea of dirty panties, with an all-Spanish crew!"
- In The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw the refugees of Keneil are specifically instructed not to start fires. They later get intoxicated and do just that which causes them to be attacked by giant bats.
- Captain Haddock of Tintin practically lives by this trope. Highlights include: knocking out an airplane pilot mid-flight for not letting him use the controls, diving into the ocean without his helmet on, lighting a bonfire in a lifeboat (pictured above), and exiting a space rocket to try to float back to earth. The bonfire example even made it into the film adaptation. He then has an appropriate Oh, Crap! reaction and attempts to put it out... by pouring whiskey on it.
- Very often in Astérix:
- In The Laurel Wreath, Vitalstatistix and Obelix both overindulge at a family gathering, prompting Vitalstatistix to make a suicidal bet that he can bring them a stew spiced with Caesar's laurel wreath, and Obelix to enthusiastically endorse this stupid idea until there's no way anyone can back down — slurring "zigactly!" ("farpaitement!" in French). Asterix spends much of the rest of the adventure passive-aggressively using the word "zigactly" to remind Obelix of how much of a fool he made of himself.
- In Asterix in Britain, the Roman soldiers are forced to sample hundreds of wine barrels to find one that contains magic potion. The unit starts out perfectly coordinated as they tap open the barrels, drink a little, and move to the next ones. We watch over the panels as everyone gets progressively less coordinated until they're lying in unconscious piles, at which point the Roman who did get magic potion decides to start a fight.
- In The Chieftain's Shield, a Roman soldier, frequently disciplined for his excessive drinking, is ordered to dress as a Gaul and infiltrate a bar to seek information. As soon as he gets out of his superior's eyes he makes a beeline for the bar, gets hammered and starts talking in Latin phrases, declining his Alcohol Hic as 'hic! haec! hoc!', and complaining about his Centurion, making his disguise so pathetic that the Gauls express a certain amount of pity for him. While it goes without saying that he learns nothing about the location of the shield, he does manage to blatantly give away every detail of the Romans' plot to find it.
- Tremensdelirius, The Alcoholic legionary in Caesar's Gift, is made of this trope. He begins the story by sneaking off to get drunk the day before his retirement, and, despite being urged to keep quiet so the rest of the army doesn't find him, decides to start singing really loudly. When he gets discovered, he starts badmouthing Julius Caesar. When Caesar, who is preparing land gifts for the retiring legionaries, finds out, he decides to give Tremensdelirius the deeds to the Gaulish village full of super-powered Roman-hating madmen, in full knowledge that when Tremensdelirius goes to claim the land the villagers will make his life a living hell. On his way there, Tremensdelerius gets drunk and swaps the absurdly valuable deed with an innocent innkeeper in return for wine.
- Bloom County:
- Steve Dallas has a tendency to exhibit this after imbibing too much.
- Opus, years later, gets into a scandal when he makes some offensive remarks after drinking too much, parodying the infamous Anti-Semitic remarks of Mel Gibson during his arrest for DUI.
- When Farley covered the National Park Olympics, the most popular event was the Get Drunk and Do Something Stupid Freestyle.
- The main premise of the Kingdom Hearts fanfic 11 Drunk Nobodies Play Slender is that the Organization gets drunk and this happens.
- When we're introduced to Vinyl Scratch in chapter 2 of A Kingdom Divided, she gets drunk, destroys her hotel room, and enlists to the Moon Army.
- The main force behind the fic, It Seems Like a Good Idea at the Time by Livin 4 Jesus. It features Tony and Clint getting drunk and doing stupid stuff.
- From Kill la Kill AU, we have the resident alcoholic Rei Hououmaru (otherwise known "Rei the Drunk Secretary") and, being rarely sober, she is prone to some hijinks, i.e sending kids on a beer run (subsequently getting herself whacked in the head with a baseball bat) or getting jailed for drunk driving, along with breaking & entering and assault & battery. Apparently, she is a third time offender on two of those accounts 
- Her drunken hijinks was also what put Soichiro in the hospital, which explains why he was absent in the Christmas pic .
- A very popular subject of Axis Powers Hetalia fanfiction, such as this, is having one or several of the Nations going out, getting hammered, and doing incredibly stupid things after. This is probably popularized by the fact that in canon, England, at the very least, can't hold his liquor at all, Germany and Prussia drink beer constantly, and the Nations aren't shown as being the most restrained of people even when sober.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic novel Fools And Drunks, this is how Snips and Snails wind up trapped in Sunney Towne.
- Doing It Right This Time ends Chapter 4 with Gendo having a vaguely-described but very eventful evening in which he caused a minor riot and/or spontaneous mosh pit at a karaoke bar, wrote up an ad for a dating site that massively breached security ("Professional male, 48, single parent, WLTM woman 50-35 for casual social dates with a view to LTR. Must not be interested in throwing off the shackles of humanity and ascending to become an immortal godlike space robot.") and eventually ended up wandering the streets with no trousers on and clutching a traffic cone before being carted off by the police.
Films — Animation
- In The Great Mouse Detective, Professor Ratigan congratulates himself on his outstanding villainy and celebrates with his minions in a Villain Song. One of them, Bartholomew, gets so drunk that he unwittingly calls his master a rat (which he is), Ratigan's Berserk Button. He takes Bartholomew out of his hideout and serves him up to his pet cat Felicia for lunch.
Films — Live-Action
- At the beginning of Cool Hand Luke, the title character vandalizes some parking meters after imbibing too much. Things don't get better for him afterward.
- The Fly (1986): In retrospect, Seth Brundle should've waited until he was sober before deciding whether or not to test his matter teleportation device on himself.
- At the beginning of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Harry meets his childhood love, Harmony... only to get drunk and sleep with her friend.
- The Titfield Thunderbolt: After spending some time drowning their sorrows over the wreck of the engine, Dan and Mr. Valentine decide to borrow a temporary replacement from the nearest big railway shed. Because they are drunk, rather than doing the smart thing and telephoning the shed, they go there to borrow an engine without asking the foreman, and end up driving it off the turntable onto bare ground, through the streets, and into a park where the locomotive stops when it crashes into a tree offscreen.
- Best Night Ever is set at bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas and after the heroine and her friends start partying... well remember the photo montage at the end of The Hangover? Essentially that only female and in live action.
- Guardians of the Galaxy sees Drax "The Destroyer," drunk off his ass, decide that calling the genocidal Knight Templar and telling him where the Guardians and the MacGuffin they possess are located was something approaching a decent plan — in smaller words, he drunk-dialed Ronan.
- After drinking all night, the three main characters of My Effortless Brilliance decide to go hunt a cougar in the middle of the night.
- In the Romantic Comedy The Marrying Kind, Chet Keefer gets drunk on cocktails, and then dances the rhumba with a slinky, attractive woman, and much to his wife's astonishment, kisses her at the end of their dance.
- The plot of Fantastic Four (2015) hinges on this. The team get their powers after Reed Richards, Johnny Storm and Victor Von Doom all get absolutely hammered and decide to drunk-drive into another dimension through an untested-on-humans dimensional transporter. Yes, really. Somehow, it's far less awesome that it sounds.
- Played for Drama in P.L. Travers's backstory in Saving Mr. Banks. Her father's alcoholism caused him to do truly stupid things like fight with clients at the bank, which in turn caused him to nearly be fired (he's only saved because his boss can't bring himself to fire him while his daughter's there). This eventually leads to him getting drunk before giving a speech honoring employees at the bank, which starts off decently and ends with him getting more and more disoriented until he stumbles off the stage.
- The backstory to Dogma is caused by this. Loki was the Angel of Death until the Tenth Plague, where afterwards, he and his friend Bartleby get drunk. Bartleby talks him into quitting, so an inebriated Loki goes to God, turns in his flaming sword, and gives God the finger. They're both kicked out of Heaven as punishment, and the Metatron, the voice of God, laments that it ruined things for everyone else, because after that, God forbade angels from imbibing alcohol (as soon as they drink it, they immediately spit it back out).
- Captain Jack Sparrow often stumbles & slurs his words, but he is the best Pirate anyone has ever seen. In Dead Men Tell No Tales, his alcoholism turns him into this trope.
- Dragon Queen: the old man acts crazier when he's drunk.
- In Gene Stratton-Porter's Freckles, Freckles is certain that Wessner will not have the courage to return, unless he's half-drunk.
- Used a lot in Jeeves and Wooster:
- Apparently, it's a bad idea to try to steal a policeman's helmet when there's a policeman inside it.
- The ultimate example against which all others in the canon must be compared is probably Gussie Fink-Nottle's inebriated speech at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School prize-giving in Right Ho. Jeeves.
- As P.J. O'Rourke explained in Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut, his short story "So Drunk" about going on a bender with several of his friends and having all kinds of stupid drunken adventures was the only piece that National Lampoon refused to publish; the reason for this being that mostly the only sponsors willing to advertise in the magazine were liquor companies. When he was considering protesting to his boss about freedom of expression and First Amendment rights and so forth, his boss convinced him to drop the matter by inviting him to have another drink.
- The Drawing of the Dark, a novel that is, at least in part, about a 16th century bouncer at a bar in Vienna, contains numerous examples, including Duffy, the bouncer in question, starting a drunken barfight to prevent a drunken barfight.
- In The Pistoleer, a poker player, Frank, drunkenly accuses another of cheating. The "cheater" asks how he could be cheating, when Frank's doing all the winning. Frank stares at his pile for a second, before saying "Hell, maybe I'm the one's cheating." An observer has no idea how the accused cheater, a decent fellow, got into a poker game with a bunch of violent cattlemen, except that he was drinking more than usual, "which is sufficient explanation for almost any stupidity a man might do."
- In the original book of Roald Dahl's The BFG, after the giants are captured and imprisoned in a deep pit, three particularly drunk and silly men decide it's a good idea to climb over the fence keeping people from falling in. They, naturally, fall in, and are equally naturally gobbled down by the ravenous giants. Warning signs are then put around the fence to prevent this happening again — though how it's supposed to stop drunkards is unknown.
- A Song of Ice and Fire has a few spectacular examples. Generally attached to the premise that great quantities of alcohol is best kept away from lots of power, responsibility and/or socially precarious positions.
- Getting drunk and insulting not only your sister's husband, but his entire people quite publicly? And then threatening to cut your sister's unborn child out? Not clever, Viserys Targaryen. Not clever at all.
- Before the series proper even began, Prince Aerion demonstrated that, after a long drinking session, it's not, perhaps, the wisest move to try turning into a dragon by finishing up with the local equivalent of Greek Fire crossed with napalm by way of white phosphorous as a chaser.
- Cersei and Tyrion Lannister can drink themselves into deep trouble if you let them — but, at least he can talk himself back out more often than not, given enough chance to.
- Or, how about Robert Baratheon — you can spot his IQ dropping with the number of goblets or wineskins he's killed off: and, yes — it gets him killed by Hunting "Accident". Extra note: years of hiding in goblets didn't leave the Kingdom in either a good financial or political state, both of which contributed to your death, Mr. King. A lot of plot got kicked off by depressed avoidance...
- A plot point in the Robert E. Howard story The Shadow of the Vulture — a bunch of drunk and riled-up soldiers recklessly charging out the nearest gate of besieged Vienna to get at the surprised Turkish army just so happens to be the one thing that stops the Turks in turn from exploiting the breach in a wall caused by a mine that coincidentally happened to blow up just then. While it helps save the city, many of the soldiers involved themselves are less lucky once the Turks get over their initial surprise...
- Played for Laughs in The Cross-Time Engineer series. The time-traveling protagonist gets drunk with an innkeeper, buys his inn and lays plans for the first Playboy Club in medieval Poland. On sobering up and pondering My God, What Have I Done? (as he's supposed to be Giving Radio to the Romans to fight an impending genocidal Mongol invasion) he tries to sneak out but is intercepted by the innkeeper, who reveals that he's already started hiring.
- Many, many scenes in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas occur, and could only have occurred, while the protagonists are 'horribly twisted' from massive amounts alcohol and other mind altering substances. Who would ask for someone to throw a plugged-in tape recorder into the bathtub with him while sober?
- A moment of this is what really dooms the surveyor expedition the narrator is working for at the time in the first Winnetou novel. The Apaches were already not happy to find out about the plans to run a railway through their lands without anyone asking their permission, but it's when a drunk scout still smarting over Winnetou's refusal to take a drink with him actually tries to shoot him and hits and kills his old teacher instead that the last chance for an even halfway peaceful resolution goes out of the window.
- Hagrid from Harry Potter in the first book was tricked into revealing the secret to getting past the three-headed dog guarding the Sorcerer's Stone by "Quirrelmort". This was helped along by Quirrelmort ingratiating himself with Hagrid by offering to sell him a dragon egg (Hagrid had always dreamed of raising a dragon) and buying him drink after drink.
- The Relativity story "5:24 AM" takes place before the start of the series, when Ravenswood was an alcoholic. At one point, he is given a vital clue (a photograph) while he's drunk, and in the morning he can't find it. Thanks to his drinking, he can't remember anything that happened after receiving the photo. He assumes his drunk self must have thrown it away for some reason, but he really has no idea.
- This trope is more or less the entire plot summary of the Stephen King short story Drunken Fireworks. When two families of wealthy career alcoholics kindle a rivalry over that year's Fourth of July sparklers, Hilarity Ensues.
- One Nation Under Jupiter: Getting drunk on the Bacchanalia inspires Diagoras to pull out his gun at the Temple of Bacchus.
- Game of Thrones:
- Viserys stumbles drunkenly into a Dothraki feast and proceeds to insult everyone and threaten them with a sword, breaking a major Dothraki taboo.
- Robert's demise comes at the tusks of a monstrous boar when he insists on delivering the final blow despite being so drunk he can barely stand.
- Joffrey's tour of the Great Sept includes a stop at the tomb of Aerion Brightflame (Maester Aemon's Big Brother Bully), who died drunkenly believing drinking a cup of wildfire would turn him into a dragon.
- In defiance of all warnings, Tyrion — who has been Drowning My Sorrows all the way from King's Landing — makes no attempt to hide his identity in a Volantene brothel, even talking openly about his former wealth and position.
- This happens frequently in Workaholics, with the main characters often either at work, or drunk somewhere (usually on the roof of their house) — or both. In the episode "Real Time" they get drunk and leave their boss insulting voice-mails, and then try to race to the office ahead of her to delete them the next day. Only they're still drunk, and they keep drinking to avoid being hungover-which means they have to do everything from taking the bus, to stealing kids' bikes, to skitching to get to the office. When they could have just called a cab.
- In Happy Endings, the characters spend, by their own admission "half their lives" in Rosalita's, their favorite bar. But they usually don't get too drunk. Notable exceptions include the episode "Bo Fight", in which Dave, still reeling from Alex pulling a Runaway Bride on him, gets really drunk with Max and they go looking for Bo, the guy she (sort of) ran off with.
- Auf Wiedersehen, Pet has Neville experience the "wake up with an Embarrassing Tattoo" version.
- Lampshaded on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Beer Bad" with its Devolution Device plot that turns the college kids and Buffy into neanderthals. Played straight in "Life Serial" when Buffy goes out drinking with Spike, throws a punch at a Big Red Devil, and falls flat on her face.
- Recovering-alcoholic Sam suffers a relapse and drunkenly bets a man that if he hasn't married Jacqueline Bisset in one year, he'll let him have the bar. 364 days later, after Sam has long since sobered up and gone back on the wagon, the man shows up at the bar to collect on the bet.
- In another episode, the guys play a game of poker where Cliff becomes increasingly belligerent as the game goes on due to the beer they've been drinking. This culminates in him trying to claim victory with a hand of unmatched cards and knocking the table over. Ironically, he hasn't actually been drinking alcohol. Earlier, Rebecca switched out the beer for near-beer when she discovered the bar's liquor license had expired.
- How I Met Your Mother has this all over the place. Ted's apartment is above a bar and they spend a lot of their free time there drinking. From time to time, one or more of them gets really drunk and does something really stupid. Hilarity Ensues.
- A common occurrence on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Justified since the main characters are alcoholic idiots who run a bar.
- The Monk episode "Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas" inverts it: Stottlemeyer figures out that casino mogul Daniel Thorn murdered his wife because consuming booze actually makes him more intellegent. He just can't remember how he solved it, and most of his subplot is him trying to figure out what the incriminating clue was and anything else he did on his bender, while fighting a hangover the next morning.
- On My Name Is Earl, many of the misdeeds that Earl is trying to correct involved alcohol.
- On the second season premiere of Shameless, the family patriarch is clearly soused when he decides that making a $10,000 bet (when he can barely afford his current booze bottle) is a good idea.
- Somewhere in the region of every third death on 1000 Ways to Die begins with the corpse-in-progress drinking.
- Played for Drama in Breaking Bad, Walter White drinks a bit too much wine, and ends up telling Hank that Gale Boetticher may not be the real Heisenberg.
- And it happens on Reality Television, too. Anyone for Survivor?
- Any time the MythBusters have to get drunk on camera for a myth, hilarity of some kind is sure to ensue. The hangover myth (beer vs. beer and liquor) is a prime example; it includes Tory jumping into bed by climbing the wall outside the bedroom (rather than, you know, using the door to get in).
- The Young Ones had a brilliant one in the second episode.
Rick: It's nice to have a front door.
Vyvyan: We had a front door in the last house.
Rick: Yes, Vyvyan, but it was nailed to the ceiling in the living room.
Vyvyan: So? I had to. I was drunk.
- SCTV: In a "Fishin' Musician" segment, we see the usually laid-back, jolly Gil Fisher (John Candy) on film stopping at a roadhouse with his guests. Already in a bad state from driving four days straight living on coffee and cigarettes, he rapidly downs a few boilermakers and tequila and grabs a waitress, antagonizes some Gestapo officers, and picks a fight with a little guy who flattens him. He gets to see it all caught on film on his show.
- Subverted in Downton Abbey. This trope seems to be the reason Tom goes on very rude political rant during dinner. Then, it turns out that one of the guests slipped something in his drink because he thought it'd be funny to see the Irish former-chauffeur in-law acting foolish. The rest of the family does not agree and are not amused.
- Inverted in Son of the Beach. Resident Dumb Blonde, B.J., actually becomes smarter whenever she's been drinking.
- 21 Jump Street: Fear and Loathing with Russel Buckins: Normally responsible Tom Hanson gets drunk and next morning doesn't have any clear recognition of the night, but talking to his friend Russel finds out not only did he literally fight a bear in a bar, but he got a tattoo on his arm Fun fact . He freaks out when he sees it.
Hanson: I can't believe you let me get a tattoo, how could you let me get a tattoo!Russel: Look, will you forget about the tattoo...Hanson: That's the thing, you can't forget about a tattoo!
- The Dead Kennedys: "Too Drunk to Fuck"
- hide's "Drink Or Die!!!" (English translation from Nopperabou.net)
My fingers are shaking and my speech is slurred
But I'm a 180% proof human firebomb
From town to town, from bar to bar
I'm an eternal alcohol gypsy
Nihonshu, bourbon, beer with absinthe
Shochu, doburoku, tequila
I'm ready for anything, bring on the alcohol
No use dreading the hospital now, will you drink?
If you get hurt, why not party in Obstetrics and Gynecology?\\
- Implied in Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville":
Don't know the reason I stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this brand-new tattoo,
But it's a real beauty, a Mexican cutie—
How it got here, I haven't a clue.
- Tom Waits' "Heartattack and Vine":
Don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk
- The Katy Perry song "Last Friday Night" has the singer piece together the various bits of Alcohol Induced Idiocy she had done during the previous night's bender - which included trashing the house, streaking in the park and having a threesome. Then she decided that she wanted to get just as drunk next weekend.
- From "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Tacky", a List Song about the many tacky habits and fashion choices of the narrator.
I get drunk at the bank, and take off my shirt at least
Myths & Religion
- In some versions of the story about the sinking of Ys from Celtic Mythology and French folklore, the Princess Dahut-Ahès gets drunk and opens the dike gate that protects the city from flooding at high tide during a storm.
- This occurs in one of the myths of Hercules, in which the hero is being shown Sacred Hospitality by a friendly centaur who initially refuses to serve wine on the grounds that if Hercules had some the other centaurs would want some to, and drunk centaurs are not pleasant. Hercules insists so much on getting wine that the centaur finally gives in and, sure enough, everything goes as he expects. The ensuing brawl ends with Hercules using his arrows on the centaurs, which were poisoned by the Hydra's blood and thus bring instant death. It's made a perfect Downer Ending with the nice centaur and Charon, a centaur who was a great thinker and tutor and who was only there to calm the others down, being hit with arrows. The nice centaur dies instantly, while the immortal Charon is left in agony until Zeus takes pity and makes him a constellation.
- BBC presenter Sarah Kennedy was frequently accused of Drinking on Duty. This was frequently alleged but never conclusively proven: medication issues and cumulative lack of sleep from several years of very early starts in the morning may have been the cause of the slurring and poor judgement calls. Shortly after leaving the BBC, however, Sarah lost her driving licence in a proven drunk-driving case.
- The dwarfs in Dwarf Fortress can be seen as this since they are perpetually drinking, and considering their notorious Artificial Stupidity...
- One quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim seems to be a Shout-Out to The Hangover. A guy in a tavern challenges you to a drinking contest. After four drinks, you black out... and wake up in the Temple of Dibella in Markarth. You then spend the next little while learning what you did last night due to Alcohol-Induced Stupidity, and trying to fix things. In the end, it turns out you were the victim of an elaborate prank by Sanguine, the Daedric Prince of Debauchery.
- This is also the reason a particular inn is known as The Drunken Huntsman. One of the owners, Elrindir, explains that they got the name from an incident where he and this brother Anoriath went hunting after consuming too much alcohol for good measure. Long story short, Anoriath thought his brother was a deer and he was Shot in the Ass with an arrow.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, getting too drunk results in normal adventures being overridden by Drunken Stupors, which occasionally result in very stupid actions.
- In the Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3, Shepard has to bail out Grunt with C-Sec after he decided to celebrate his birthday with a wild night out on the Citadel, causing a lot of property damage in the process.
- Invoked in World of Warcraft, where consuming alcohol causes your character to underestimate the levels of enemy targets (the more you consume, the lower the targets' level looks). If you forgot you were drunk, you might see an enemy two levels above you and try and take it on, only to get stomped by a mob that's actually seven levels higher than you.
- In Final Fantasy X, as the party prepares to cross the Moonflow, Auron recalls his previous trip to the Moonflow with the late Braska and Jecht, which ended in the alcoholic and drunk Jecht attacking a shoopuf, forcing Braska to pay for damages out of his own pocket. After that incident, Jecht never drank again.
- One of the starter quest options for Norn characters in Guild Wars 2 basically has your character and a Charr drinking buddy reenacting Dude, Where's My Car? with a Charr war machine you lost at the last moot.
Mangonel Gearstrip: Hey, Slayer? Any luck remembering where we took it? I remember driving through snow, trying to spell "JORMAG EATS DUNG!" That was your idea.Player Character: I'm still drawing a blank. I vaguely remember doing swan dives off the cannon into the lake.
- In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt it is possible for Geralt to get hammered with his witcher buddies, until one of them gets the bright idea to "summon bitches" with Geralt's girlfriend's magical megascope. Fortunately they don't end up contacting anything dangerous in the process, just making asses of themselves.
- In Halloween Otome Mr. Bandages near the end of his route, when saying hurtful things to Emma. This includes, but is not limited to: Talking about how he's interested in a hookup, but not a relationship, and then making moves on Emma. Acting cocky and as though Emma is lucky to have the opportunity to be with him. Treating Emma like a "floozie" that can be bought.
- In Wizard School, drunken Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist Graham gets a tattoo to "seal the deal" with an attractive woman — and promptly wakes up in a room with two children and a talking goat who inform him that he's The Chosen One.
- Questionable Content: Marten + taser + alcohol = forgetting basic taser safety knowledge.
- In the 'book-only' Start of Darkness, the second prequel to The Order of the Stick (and labeled as Book #-1), it's explained that this is how Eugene Greenhilt made his Blood Oath of Vengence against Xykon. While searching for information on the sorcerer, many of Eugene's leads were in the seedier parts of Cliffport and he had to buy the lowlifes a round of drinks. He apparently had a few too many himself and ended up wandering into a tattoo parlor that also did rituals.
- Yeagar from Nodwick isn't the cleverest person even when sober, but some of his best (read: most disastrous) ideas usually come to him when drunk. One comic features this exchange when Artax is explaining why he has returned from a scouting trip without Yeagar:
Artax: And then Yeagar said those six words that strike terror into my soul...
Nodwick & Piffany: "Hold my ale and watch this."
- Allen The Alien: Allen drinks too much and manages to land himself in an Alien Abduction.
- The plot of the Cyanide & Happiness short "Drunk". The protagonist's brain is normally smarter than his body. Many, many drinks later, this is no longer the case. His body and his poop both realize that driving while drunk is a bad idea and try to dissuade the brain from doing so. They fail.
- ''Nobody Scores!: Puckish Mr. Jack, obviating the need for plot mechanics since 1957.
- According to Nash, many of the stories that end up on What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? probably began with four words: "Here, hold my beer."
- The whole premise of the series Drunk Minecraft. The only conclusion where you get a group of drunk adults playing Minecraft with an admin that's happy to give them whatever they want, provided they don't piss the admin off, which of course they do.
- Somewhat inverted by Mark during his playthrough of the Five Nights at Fuckboy's series, where he downs a shot of cinnamon whiskey (or two, in some cases) at the beginning of each episode. While he does eventually get drunk, he is still coherent and able to pay attention to the game, for the most part. During his playthrough of the first game, he actually takes time during some of the episodes to talk to the viewers, updating them on what he's been up to and thanking them for their support and patronage over the years.
- On a related note, the Dwarf Fortress succession game "Drunk Fortress", where the players are all completely drunk while playing. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.
- Rooster Teeth and its division Achievement Hunter both fall into this, and cases of this make up many of the funny stories on the podcast. In one particular case, Gavin Free ended up drunk during an episode of Let's Play Minecraft and almost derailed their efforts to complete a difficult achievement, stealing their gold and making a "Tower of Pimps", and assaulting them in-game. He admitted that in hindsight, it was painful to watch.
- Despite what you may think, this happens very little in A Couple of Cunts in the Countryside. Some embarrassing stories do get told in the alcohol episode, though.
- While the Yogscast are generally okay, they do have their moments as well, mostly during their Christmas livestreams:
- Sparkles* stumbled into a livestream that he wasn't supposed to be in during the 2012 Honey Drive, blatantly refusing to leave when Duncan Jones (himself something of an offender) told him to and singing the wrong lyrics to songs. When Duncan finally managed to convince him to leave and he gave Simon Lane a goodbye hug, he nearly fell over twice. Then Lewis and Simon got drunk, playing "Jingle Cats" over the speakers repeatedly, talking about utter nonsense and nearly calling up Sips at one in the morning. It got so bad that Hannah Rutherford had to try and intervene to get them to stop... only for them to try and mute her.
- Lewis Brindley, when drunk, proves that he's Not So Above It All, blatantly cheating and going on an unprovoked rant. He also inadvertently derailed a Civilization V livestream by drinking too much gin and having to go home early, and while food poisoning was allegedly to blame as well Lewis would go on to admit that he was embarrassed.
- Duncan has earned the nickname "Drunkan" from both fans and the other Yogs, due to his drinking on livestreams and the ensuing chaos that results.
- There is a story about Turpster getting very drunk during a pub quiz at i49, in which he and some friends ended up in an overflow room since there were so many people there. After another team from the overflow room emerged victorious, Turps decided that this meant everyone in the overflow room had won and tried going up with the winning team.
- Hat Films have more than a few stories about getting drunk and behaving stupidly, some relating to them and others featuring in their "funny news" story. Their Musical Jam livestream for the 2015 Jingle Jam started off relatively normally and got progressively weirder as they drank more.
- Now-former member Ridgedog infamously got too drunk within an hour of a charity livestream, then randomly left, fell asleep and left his colleague Bebop to try and host the stream. Due to Bebop's inexperience and disappointment in Ridge from fans, on top of numerous technical difficulties, the stream was by far the least successful, raising only $3,000 (for perspective, the livestream with Zoey Proasheck that followed raised $55,000).
- Many of the sporkers of Das Sporking drink heavily to deal with the terrible works they're mocking. This frequently leads to drunken ramblings and other shenanigans. In one instance, Mervin and Sands have a drinking game using mugs as shotglasses(!) and decide to bring it to an abrupt end when Sands pisses himself. Mervin, upon forcibly restoring sobriety to the both of them, realizes her bra is on backwards and she has no idea why.
- The Warner Bros. cartoons had the stork with the blue cap. A Delivery Stork that regularly got so drunk on the job after celebrating with new parents and their families, he'd inevitably deliver the wrong babies who sometimes weren't even the same species as their parents. His biggest blunder being delivering a baby mouse to a couple of cats.
- Futurama: "The Route of All Evil"
Dwight Conrad: I heard alcohol makes you stupid.
Fry: No I'm... doesn't!
- The Simpsons: happens frequently and is often displayed by Homer (and sometimes his barfly buddy Barney Gumble).
Homer: Oh, Lisa, you and your stories: Bart's a vampire, beer kills brain cells. Now let's go back to that... building... thingie... where our beds and TV... is.
- In a flashback scene during "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer", Homer, after drinking too much beer at a chili cook-off, decides to take off all his clothes and climb into a cotton-candy machine and pretend he's a "puffy pink cloud."
- From one Treehouse Of Terror episode:
- In an example involving Barney, the "Mr. Plow" episode features a flashback scene where we see a teenage Barney studying for the SAT when Homer sneaks in with a six pack of beer. After Homer pressures him, Barney reluctantly agrees to take a drink and, with one sip, we actually see his IQ drop sharply.
- Parodied in "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood", where Bart and Milhouse go on a squishee bender. The next day, Bart discovers he's joined the Junior Campers, and Milhouse has a dirty word shaved into the back of his head. Barney, who drank some of the Squishee, wound up joining the Navy, and apparently not for the first time.
- In "Deep Space Homer", Barney, when selected by NASA to be an astronaut, swears off alcohol and successfully completes his training program with flying colors. Unfortunately, when he takes a sip of a congratulatory glass of champagne, his face immediately reverts back into its permanently soused expression as he proclaims, "It begins." He then steals a jet pack and careens drunkenly through the sky until it runs out of fuel, causing him to crash onto a pillow factory roof and bounce onto the street below where he's run over by a marshmallow truck. The fact that it was non-alcoholic champagne says something about Barney's alcoholism.
- Brian from Family Guy tends to be the voice of reason in the Griffin family, but whenever he gets drunk he will often do something incredibly stupid. Odds are, Peter will be right along with him.
- King of the Hill - in flashback, the guys celebrate Bill joining the Army with a night on the town. Hank, the picture of level-headedness, gets stupid drunk and starts a fight at a club, then goes to get an Embarrassing Tattoo - Boomhauer intervenes to at least get it put where it couldn't be seen (justified as they're all young and inexperienced with beer).
- And another time, Bill went and stole a tank from the Army base where he works as a barber, after Dale uncovered documents which proved the Army was using him as a guinea pig back in the 80s for a group of half-walrus Arctic super-soldiers (as a contingency in case the Commies ever used the North Pole as an invasion route). He was drinking, and remembered that when he signed up, he wanted to be a tank driver. He drives it back to Rainey Street, and Hank, Dale and Boomhauer have to drive it back to the base; they accidentally drive it onto a target range for wargames, and Bill manages to evacuate everyone from the tank before its' hit.
- Home Movies - Coach McGuirk is prone to this - while drunk he'd bought an expensive sword collection and a shrimp farm. When he talks milquetoast teacher Mr. Lynch into taking a trip to Mexico with him (to get a group discount) it's Lynch who turns into an incoherent drunk idiot, to Mc Guirk's dismay.
- The Darwin Award would likely cease to exist, or at least lose a significant portion of their content, were it not for this trope.
- Several relatives of Darwin "winners" protested the deceased being mocked on the site, on account of their judgement being impaired by alcohol. The Darwin Awards judges replied that those people made the decision, conscious and sober, to impair their judgement with alcohol in the first place.
- Korsakoff's Syndrome.
- Drunk driving. Dangerous, stupid, and illegal.
- Many accidents involving firearms or civilian explosives (fireworks, stage pyro) involve this trope. Combining this trope with a gun or with fireworks has led to more emergency room admissions and deaths than can probably be listed.
- Quite a few famous deaths (actors, comedians, musicians, and the list goes on) have happened as a result of this trope. A list of them all would possibly overwhelm the page.
- Many, if not all, of the Wacky Fratboy Hijinks alluded to on Texts From Last Night apparently involved alcohol, drugs, or both. Some, however, were just perfectly sober people making poor decisions.
- Fark also subsists on a diet of "Why, yes, alcohol was a factor" headlines. When this intersects with the Florida tag, it gets truly bizarre.
- During his career of being the first and only person to ever routinely drunk-drive a superpower, Boris Yeltsin managed to unfortunately combine this trope with Vodka Drunkenski on more than one occasion. One of his most infamous examples being when he visited President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C.. The trip pretty much ended when Yeltsin drunkenly stumbled out of Blair Housenote one morning and tried to hail a cab because he wanted some pizza. On Pennsylvania Avenue. In his underwear.
- Friends of André the Giant tell a story about some drunks in a bar who were hassling him. They then hassled him again outside and got in their car. Which Andre proceeded to flip over.
- Part of what made The Wild West so wild was that there was that in every town, bored cowboys, depressed miners and celebrating gamblers had a ready supply of booze in the form of the local saloon. The other thing they had plenty of cheap and affordable access to were firearms. A few too many drinks convinced many a would-be gunslinger that the best response to a perceived insult was to shoot the other guy's head off.
- The US Depart. of Defense has its "That Guy" campaign to try and counter this trope.
- Truth in Television, as many police officers and emergency room doctors can attest.
- Everything that comes after someone saying, "Hold my beer and watch this." (A statement known in some circles as a "Redneck's Famous Last Words.")
- The Canadian city, Toronto, had Rob Ford for Mayor, a bullying buffoon who was so notorious as a drunkard that his only defense at being caught red-handed smoking crack that he was doing it during one of his "drunken stupors." When you can only defend one addiction with a more mainstream one, you are pathetic.
- Want a scary thought? Consider this: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was based on Thompson's working notes from two actual trips to Las Vegas, edited by Thompson for comprehensibility. That's right, not only is it (intentionally) Very Loosely Based on a True Story, it omits the parts which were too weird for even HST to make sense out of.
- This was a hallmark of the writing style of Hunter S. Thompson, the father of Gonzo Journalism. In particular, the genre-defining work The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved is chock full of this, which saw Thompson chronicle the drunken debauchery of those attending the Kentucky Derby while stoned off his gourd and completely hammered.