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Alcoholic Parent

"Don't you know you've got your daddy's eyes? Daddy was an alcoholic."
Alcoholic, Starsailor

The Alcoholic with children. When it's the mother, it's usually Lady Drunk. When it's the father, it's usually Abusive Parents, although there's a fair number of abusive alcoholic mothers in fiction as well. Unfortunately also Truth in Television.


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Dramatic Examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • Ran Mouri's father in Detective Conan drinks constantly and does nothing else. He does have a good perception in solving cases at times, but most of the time, he just wastes time drinking. He still loves Ran though.
  • Satoko's adoptive uncle in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Teppei, drinks and plays cards with his buddies instead of being a responsible parent. He also makes her buy alcohol and beats her up when drunk. The kicker? She's around nine years old. Unlike other examples on this page, Teppei has no love for Satoko at all, and it's unknown whether her aunt drank any alcohol at all, either.
  • Tomoya's father in CLANNAD. He gets better.
  • Aiko "Anko" Tokosumi's mother in Bokurano. Specially when her husband is caught cheating on her and, since he's a popular Intrepid Reporter, it becomes a very public affair.
  • Jounounchi's father in Yu-Gi-Oh!; we never see him in person, but there's a pile of bottles outside his door and his only interaction with his son is drunken ranting.
  • Kevin Smith's father, George in The Prince of Tennis
  • Miyata's father in Hajime No Ippo was this after losing his boxing career, which causes his wife to divorce him. He gets better when he sees his son has inherited his talent and decides to help him, becoming both his coach and a good single father.
  • Sakuya Ookuchi's mother Reiko in Sensual Phrase. Who actually drank herself to death.
  • Junko Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl. Episode 3 has her arriving home late and so sloshed that her husband and kids have to tuck her into bed, but otherwise she's a pretty normal person.
  • In Future GPX Cyber Formula ZERO, Henri Claytor's unnamed father picked up the drinking habit after Hayato won first championship and being the youngest CF champion instead of his son. This was also Henri's Start of Darkness, and the seeds of his hatred for Hayato were planted from there.
  • Yuri's father, Mr. Legend in Tiger & Bunny. He was not a good parent when drunk.
  • Taro Misaki's father Ichiro in Captain Tsubasa was this in the past. While not a bad person, it still caused friction in Taro's family and led his wife to divorce him.
  • Christina Gabriel in Heat Guy J.
  • Oskar von Reuenthal's verbally abusive father in Legend of Galactic Heroes.

    Comicbooks 
  • Jonah Hex's father, Woodson Hex.
  • Captain America's father was an alcoholic but Steve still loved him.
  • Iron Man might have gotten his alcoholism from his father, and the second movie made sure to include a scene of Howard drinking while shooting a film clip. Though Howard apparently isn't Tony's biological father. It's still possible that he inherited alcoholism from one of his biological parents.

    Fan Fiction 

    Film 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jack Shepard's father Christian on LOST.
    • Workman Roger Linus, father of Benjamin Linus.
  • Sue Ellen in Dallas
  • Allegedly, Jeff Winger's father on Community, doubling as an abusive parent.
  • Tara's single mother in True Blood.
  • John Winchester in Supernatural. You never actually see him drinking, but it's mentioned many times.
    Sam: So he’s working over-time on a “Miller Time” shift; he’ll stumble back in sooner or later.
    Sam: You don't want to see him [John] when he's drinking.
    Sam: Yeah, he’s just deer hunting up at the cabin and he’s probably got Jim, Jack, and Jose along with him. We’re just gonna go bring him back.
  • Xander's parents (and entire family, really) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Played both for laughs and drama.
    • Also, Faith's mother.
  • Leo on The West Wing had an alcoholic father who committed suicide when Leo was a kid. Leo grew up to be an alcoholic and drug-addicted parent himself (though with a good relationship with his daughter, who only says how proud she is when he confesses to it in a press conference). He got better.
  • Olivia Benson's mother on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was Flanderized from a single mom with an implied drinking problem to a violent, non-functional drunk.
  • Shawn's father from Boy Meets World was a recovered alcoholic.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has an episode where the team searches for a missing teenage girl who has an alcoholic father, implied to be physically abusive. When the team questions him, he basically states that he couldn't care less where her daughter is at, and seems happy at the thought she skipped town.
  • Megan and Lily's father in Privileged. Though he's recovered when we first see him, he relapses when Shelby abandons them a second time
  • Meredith & Lexie's father in Grey's Anatomy, to the point where eventually he needs a liver transplant from Meredith to survive.
  • Lianne Mars, mother of the titular character in Veronica Mars. Which is why she is Put on a Bus by Veronica, after failing to complete rehab.
  • Robert Chase's mother on House; his father then pulled a Disappeared Dad when Robert was 15, leaving Chase alone for 5 years to watch as his mother slowly drank herself to death.
  • Kelly's mother on Beverly Hills 90210, although she got better.
  • JAG: Bud Robert’s father. Mac’s late father was this also.
  • Carolanne Adama from Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) is implied very strongly to have been this.
  • On Castle, Beckett's father fell into alcoholism after his wife's murder, but recovered thanks to his daughter.
  • Ray Vecchio on Due South. He brought it into the open during 'North' when he got in an argument with his dad's ghost.
  • Pretty much spelled out when Nadia makes Drunken Peaches on Bitchin' Kitchen:
    Nadia: My dad used to make this recipe all the time, but instead of port, he'd use homemade wine! ...and there were no peaches. [beat] *quietly bites into a peach*
  • Degrassi has Ellie's mom who passed out once and almost burned down their house because she left the stove on. This causes Ellie to temporarily move in with her boyfriend Shawn.
  • In the Masters Of Horror episode "Imprint", the prostitute reveals how her late father turned to drinking to drown his sorrows from living in poverty due to his incestuous relation with his sister.

    Music 
  • The John Denver song "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)".
  • Billy Currington's "Walk a Little Straighter, Daddy."

    Theatre 
  • Vanessa's mother in In the Heights, who drinks away Vanessa's wages that were to be spent on their electricity bill.

    Videogames 
  • Ethel Prune, Lillian's mother, in the first Laura Bow game. It's somewhat played for laughs, although we are shown the damaging effect it has on her daughter and the way the family ostracizes them both because of it.
  • Junpei's father in Persona 3. In The Answer, one flashback shows Junpei at Paulownia Mall, having fled his father's drunken ravings, wondering how pathetic you have to be to get hammered on cooking wine.
  • Jecht toward Tidus in Final Fantasy X, though Jecht being neglectful and absent are the bigger issues between the two of them.
  • The protagonist's mother in Among The Sleep has a drinking problem and the monster of the game represents her drunken, abusive side.

    Western Animation 
  • Following Moral Orel's Cerebus Syndrome ((See Below)) Clay Puppington's status as this in played for drama, particularly in episodes like "Nature."
  • Conor from Song Of The Sea has had this problem ever since his wife, Bronagh, vanished without a trace.

Comedic Examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • Yusuke's mom Atsuko in YuYu Hakusho.
  • Ryuuji's mom Yasuko in Toradora!. Somewhat more understandable as she actually works as a bar hostess, thus her job includes drinking quite a bit.
  • Kogoro Mouri of Detective Conan, whose alcoholism is being quite comedic.

    Film 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development
  • Kitty on That '70s Show. (It was pretty subtle in the beginning, but it reached near lampshade proportions by the end of the series)
  • The Strangers with Candy episode "Dreams on the Rocks" is all about this. Spoof Aesop: "It's better to be a happy, gin-soaked grape than an anguished raisin in the sun." (It Makes Sense in Context. Well, it doesn't, but... you know.)
  • On Scrubs, Dr. Cox can be a pretty heavy drinker even after having his son Jack. Cox controls himself at home and is a loving father, but it didn't keep Jack's first full sentence from being "Daddy drinks a lot" (Though in that episode it was played for drama, as the reason who Cox was drinking so heavily was that he had a Heroic BSOD after having been responsible for the deaths of three patients.) Not that mom-Jordan is exactly a light drinker either mind you.
    • Played for Drama as part of Dr Cox's back story. His father's favorite hobby was to get drunk and beat him and his sister through every room in the house, while his mother did absolutely nothing to stop him. A loving gesture was when he threw an empty bottle at young Perry and deliberately missed.
  • iCarly: Sam's mother is implied to be this, with lines like her being passed out on the couch, and various other subtle indications that she's an alcoholic wreck.
  • Edina Monsoon (in addition to drug use and other dysfunctional habits) in Absolutely Fabulous.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? gives us the "Drunk Mother" Hoedown.
    Chip Esten:
    Well, I knew Colin's mother. Yes, I must tell the truth
    When she was nursing Colin, her milk was 90 proof
    She wanted to kick the habit! She didn't know what to do.
    But if your baby looked like that then you'd be drinkin' too!

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Christopher Titus often made jokes about his late father's alcoholism, claiming that in every single photograph he has of his dad has him with a beer in his hand. When he wound up on the local news for being pulled over for drunk driving, Chris and his brother taped it and the family gathers around to watch it on holidays.

    Webcomics 
  • Homestuck: Mom Lalonde is definitely this, almost never being seen without a martini in hand. Clearly for laughs, though - the worst she does to Rose is offer her a sip of the martini in an act of ironic negligence.

    Web Originals 
  • One of the many squicky things that Ask That Guy with the Glasses has revealed about his parents is that his hated mother drinks too much. And from what Critic's (now known to be ATG's twin) told us about her, all the more reason to think of her as an Evil Matriarch.
  • The Nostalgia Chick's parents were both drinkers, which explains her own alcohol problem better.

    Western Animation 
  • Homer Simpson from The Simpsons. To the point that one of the contact numbers at Springfield Elementary is at Moe's Tavern.
  • Drinky Crow in one episode of The Drinky Crow Show, until he gets drunk and makes omelets out of them.
  • Clay Puppington on Moral Orel starts off Played for Laughs. Then we start seeing the effects it has on his family and Orel in particular, and it veers right into Dude, Not Funny!.
  • Pickles Oblong (the mother) on The Oblongs.
  • According to Word of God, Miriam Pataki on Hey Arnold! The show hints it fairly strongly with her overall lethargic and depressive personality, as well as her allusions to "coffee", "tabasco" and "smoothies." It's also stated in "The Beeper Queen" that she's lost her driver's license, which could be inferred to be due to a DUI violation, something supported by Bob mentioning in another episode that she had to do community service.
  • Peter Griffin from Family Guy, who got that from his biological Irish father. It's a great honor in Ireland to be the town drunk.
  • A possible subversion on South Park Stan's Dad, Randy Marsh, likes to drink with friends, but is only seen drunk in a couple episodes. In one episode he gets a DUI, has to attend AA meetings, where instead of taking responsibility and controlling his behavior, he is told he has a "disease." At the end of the episode, he possibly learns discipline and self-control.
    • South Park does play the trope straight with Kenny's parent's, though. Whenever Kenny's homelife is shown, his parents are almost always drunk and either screaming or hurting each other. It's even revealed that they once joined the Cult of Cthulu just for the free beer at the meetings, which is implied to be the reason behind Kenny's ability to die over and over again. At one point, they even lose custody of their kids because of their alcoholism.
  • Both of Kevin's parents in Kevin Spencer. His mother even dies of consumption in the final episode.


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