On Maison Ikkoku, Godai and Mitaka have decided to duke it out once and for all for the hand of the fair Kyoko. Too bad this is Tokyo, where it seems like every street corner has a cop waiting to book you for causing a public disturbance. The guys end up at a beer vending machine drowning their sorrows.
David from Blood+ after the Red Shield's headquarters was sunk in order to kill Diva and the associated trip beyond the Moral Event Horizon.
Lisa Kujoh aka Sumeragi Lee Noriega in Gundam 00 personally implies that her constant drinking is for this single purpose.
Misa Hayase goes to a bar and gets blind drunk in despair after she misinterprets Hikaru giving Minmay a place to stay for the night as him rekindling his romance with her. She's found by Claudia, who talks to her about her own relationship withRoy Fokker over a couple of glasses of wine.
Roy was this before he met Claudia, which is explained in Macross Zerowith the death of his lover in the events of Zero causing a long segment of depression.
Izuru Kira and Rangiku Matsumoto are seen drinking after Kira's captain and Rangiku's old friend, Gin Ichimaru, leaves Soul Society with the Big Bad, Aizen. Also, Kira does the same with Shuuhei Hisagi, whose captain Kaname Tousen also left, and in the anime the aftermath of their drinking round is a Crowning Moment of Funny.
In the manga, he decides to have tea when Rangiku offers it to him.
He's seen doing it again in the last episode of the anime, but it's now Played for Laughs since this happens because he doesn't approve of Rose as his captain. Iba and Yumichika watch over him and are rather peeved.
Roy Mustang in the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist frequently goes to get himself drunk at local bars with best friend Maes Hughes. It's seen that he has a tremendous amount of angst over the things he did in Ishval (in this version he's the one who killed Winry's parents under higher-orders, which back then almost drove him to eat his gun on the spot), and one would assume that he usually gets drunk for that reason.
Before she became the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade is seen several times gambling/getting drunk from sake to get her mind off of having lost her brother Nawaki and boyfriend Dan, who both died horribly and (presumably) painfully.
In Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow, Yukie is seen drinking in the beginning of the film, lamenting how difficult the life of an actress is. This ties into her grief over losing her father and country to her uncle's betrayal, which has left her traumatized and bitter for years.
Naruto does it in Shippuden episode 183 when Sakura berates him for sneezing at her, only he does it by overeating ramen.
Lampe and Kim san Kaku go out and get plastered at the end of the intro comic of Astro Boy volume 5 after they learn they were both designed after Osamu Tezuka's dorky elementary school classmates.
Sailor Moon features two examples. The first one is played straight, and it comes from in the R season,: Usagi notices that Mamoru has a "new" girlfriend (he doesn't, but since he believes he cannot be with her, he puts on a Jerk Ass Facade and pretends that Unazuki is his new girl) and she tries to drown her sorrows in dumplings; when Luna tries to reprimand her, she cries and says she's too depressed to care about getting fat. The second is far more Played for Laughs and happens in the Super S season, when Naru is manipulated into dating Tiger's Eye for three months after he claimed he was going to die, her boyfriend Umino goes on a drinking binge with fifteen milkshakes; Chibiusa is grossed out and comments on this, even pointing out that sake is the traditional beverage for such behavior.
Sayoko from Ah! My Goddess does this everytime she loses to Belldandy at something. So she must be tanked 24/7.
Subverted by Urd, who needs to drink to restore her powers.
Jeanne takes to drinking vodka by the bottle in Rose of Versailles after the Affair of the Necklace. Oscar is also occasionally seen surrounded by empty wine bottles.
In Kuragehime, Tsukimi tries to fall asleep to forget her broken heart, but can't. She asks one of the girls at the boarding house she lives in for advice and is given a one-word response: booze. She ends up falling unconscious after one cup of sweet sake.
Although we only see Yukiji's Hard-Drinking Party Girl tendencies in Hayate the Combat Butler, it's made very clear that she was doing this in regards to the debt her parents left with her and her sister, and her subsequent dealing with the issue, that led her down the path to the humorous path we see in the story.
Kazehana, resident Hard-Drinking Party Girl of Sekirei does this during a season two episode after the death of Uzume. Much to her annoyance, she can't get drunk.
In Skip Beat!, Tsuruga Ren does this when he is unable to fully understand his character, Katsuki.
In Oniisama e..., Prof. Misonoo does this in his backstory when his first wife left him and she took kid!Takehiko along with her. This thing happens in real life too, as recently divorced spouses often respond by drinking in order to forget about the whole thing.
In Sangatsu No Lion, Yasui, one of Rei's opponents, is known to become a violent drunk whenever he loses a shogi match.
In One Piece, Kokoro took to the bottle after her friend and employer Tom (the mentor to Franky and Iceburg) was arrested by the government and taken away to Impel Down for building Gold Roger's ship, the Oro Jackson, with the implication that Tom eventually died in prison. When the Straw Hats first meet her, her Lady Drunk status appears to be just a character quirk, until the arc's back-story is eventually revealed.
Although it isn't with alcohol, Jeremy from A Cruel God Reigns falls into this. He buys drugs (they appear to be LSD) from his classmate to help alleviate the pain from being beaten by his stepfather. Later on in the series, Jeremy becomes a Hooker with A Heart of Gold and a Functional Addict, and is driven to heroin use to help him cope with the flashbacks he experiences and with the guilt from accidentally killing his mother along with his stepfather.
In Lucky Star, Yui apparently did this before visiting her uncle and cousin when she thought her husband, with whom she has a commuter marriage, wasn't going to be home for their anniversary, which was going to be their special night.
Iron Man, already established as a recovering alcoholic, fell off the proverbial wagon hard when his company got taken over during the '80s.
Obadiah Stane went out of his way to make Tony's life hell for the express purpose of making him fall off so that he could take over.
Later, when Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) loses her power the second time (as Binary), she fell onto this and caused her to get expelled from The Avengers. She manages to get out of this thanks to the counseling from Iron Man himself, as fellow alcoholic.
He just did it again. In Fear Itself he started screaming at Odin and the other gods, yelling that if they wanted a sacrifce he'd give them the "only thing he could give worth anything": his sobriety, by taking a huge swig of alcohol. Even though it was a Narm scene, it was a total tearjerker to see him so broken.
Spider-Man also did this in one issue. (Although, given everything, we should probably cut him some slack...)
John Constantine does this at least twice in Hellblazer, most notably in the Tainted Love arc where, after a painful breakup, he not only drinks constantly but lives on the street for months, refusing to "magic" his way out of it.
In All Fall Down, Portia resorts to this after the loss of her powers, as do several superhero wannabes after being disarmed by the Ghoul.
Shift of the The Outsiders indulges in this after being forced to kill Indigo. Despite claiming that alcohol doesn't affect his physiology, he manages to get pretty damn hammered.
Werewolf by Night likes the occasional beer, but it becomes clear how miserable and depressed he is in volume 2 (1998) when he is rarely seen without a bottle of whiskey. His girlfriend has asked him many times to stop drinking, but that doesn't stop him from having a bottle in hand even when behind the wheel of a car.
Rodney Skinner in the fourth installment of The Private Diary of Elizabeth Quatermain. The second version of the volume, told from his point of view, revealed his reaction to Elizabeth (who he's hopelessly in love with) announcing her engagement to Ben Everett. Unaware that she did so under duress, he spends the day drinking himself stupid until Tom comes along to drag him out of the bar.
Mark Printzen in chapter ten of The Ollivanders At War. By the time Andrew and Hector find him, he's reduced to singing angry songs about Dutch sailors and whores.
In With Strings Attached, Paul spends an unspecified amount of time stuck in a kind of goto loop of misery and drinking. He's dying of jealousy because he's the only one of the four who didn't get any magic; he's lonely as hell, because the others are all playing around and ignoring him; and when he tries to learn magic on his own, he proves incapable. He does grow a Beard of Sorrow, though the Fans end up making him shave it off. And he gets a He's Back moment when the Fans return from Winter Solstice Break and maneuver him into his long-awaited magic.
Sirius Black tries this in Chapter 117 of The Moment It Began after his brother Regulus dies.
This is the last thing we see Atreus do in Here be Dragons, since his starship was destroyed by Dooku using it to ram a drug cooker's.
Agent Mulder does this in The X-Files: Fight the Future after he finds out that the FBI blames Scully and him for a bomb explosion and wants to split them up.
Back to the Future III has a subversion. Doc goes to get drunk after losing Clara and despite telling the bartender to "leave the bottle" doesn't actually drink anything, but acts strangely anyway. Well, to the other patrons, he's acting weird. To the rest of us, he's just moping and rattling off common knowledge about 1985.
Some Guy: How much has he had? Bartender: None. That's the first one and he hasn't touched it yet.
Rick Blaine does this in Casablanca. You know the quote:
Rick: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
In A Few Good Men, Daniel Kaffee gets roaring drunk after an important witness for his case commits suicide.
In the "Weird Al" Yankovic vehicle UHF, George goes out drinking and orders something pink with a little umbrella in it. It's a blueberry daquiri. The drink clashes horribly with his somber mood. The commentary reveals that it was supposed to be much more flamboyant, but someone in the prop department missed the memo.
Bob: You don't drink.
George: Yeah, but I've been meaning to start.
Inigo Montoya does it in The Princess Bride after losing a sword fight and losing Vizzini, thinking he'll never be able to kill the six-fingered man now.
Mr. Miyagi (the one played by Jackie Chan) in The Karate Kid 2. The scene in the first film when he's drinking because of his and his dead wife's anniversary qualifies, too. Especially because he passes out.
The First Wives Club: Goldie Hawn's character bawls about how she would have been cast as the sexy lead character of Monique in a movie not five years ago, but now she's Monique's mother. She babbles about how other actors would be better suited to the role, ending in Sean Connery, but counters the last, noting that Sean Connery would be Monique's boyfriend, as he's 500 years old but "still a stud..."
Toy Story parodies this trope: Buzz Lightyear gets "drunk" at a little girl's tea set.
The Punisher 2004 has the titular character resort to drinking Wild Turkey Bourbon (TM) straight in his depression after the murder of his entire family. The way the bottle was clearly labeled and placed on the table facing the audience smacks of Product Placement.
Similarly, Harry Osborn in Spider-Man 2 takes up drinking as he grieves over the death of his father in the prior movie. Harry's drink of choice is Makers Mark Whiskey.
Jason Lee's character does this to an absurd degree in Kissing A Fool.
Raiders of the Lost Ark invokes the trope twice; first Indy drowns his sorrows when he thinks Marion was blown up by the Nazis, then Belloq thinks he's drowning his sorrows with Marion, but as we already know, she's drinking him under the table to try and escape.
The explanation given for why Michael was in prison for a year in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day: He planned on asking a girl to marry him, but she didn't show, so he opened up the bottle of champagne he brought, and in the course of a bottle decided the best course of action was to get her a new ring. From the Tower of London.
Subverted in Captain America: The First Avenger. Cap tries to drown his sorrows, but the super-serum he's been given has sped up his metabolism to the point that he can't get drunk no matter how much he imbibes.
Tecate beer is common for this trope, as it is one of the few beer brands that will pay for product placement even when characters use it in this way:
The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise, has retired U.S. Army Captain Nathan Algren drunk for a good third of the movie, drowning his sorrows and being haunted by nightmares due to his role in the American Indian genocide around the time of General Custer.
In Bat 21, after a rescue mission has gone disasterously wrong, Captain Clarke walks in on Colonel Walker hunched over a chair holding a mostly empty bottle of whiskey. After the colonel finally notices the intrusion he says, "We lost six people today, Clarke. Kids, all of 'em. Just kids."
After Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) admits to his fiancee Emily Montgomery (Joan Cusack) that he's gay shortly before they're to get married in the 1997 comedy In And Out, Emily is shown drowning her sorrows at the same bar Peter Malloy (Tom Selleck) is at. When a wedding dress-clad Emily hits on Peter and Peter reveals that he too is gay, this creates a hilarious Heroic BSOD moment that was coincidentally what was shown on that year's Oscars telecast when Joan Cusack was nominated for an Oscar for that role.
The protagonist of British World War II movie Ice Cold in Alex starts out the film drinking heavily as a result of the stress he's been put under during the campaign in Africa, and the plot is driven by his yearning for a cold beer 300 miles away.
The Incredible Hulk's stinger strongly implies that General Ross was drinking heavily (he was saying "reload" while downing several cups of liquor) after the events of having to let Hulk escape, before Tony Stark asked him to have someone participate in the Avengers initiative.
Subverted in X-Men Origins: Wolverine during one of the post-credits scenes, we see Wolverine in a Japanese bar. The bartendress asks him if he's drinking to forget, to which Wolverine replies he's drinking to remember.
In the Russian war movie Ninth Company, one of the characters quietly declares that he would drink until he forgot about Afghanistan when the titular company is lightheartedly discussing what they would do after the war. This turned the mood somber very quickly.
Bridget Jones' Diary: Bridget finds out that Daniel cheats on her with a skinny American and that he wants to marry her. But she will not be defeated by a bad man and an American stick insect. She chooses vodka and gets drunk.
In The Truman Show it's implied that Marlon is a heavy drinker because of the guilt he feels over constantly lying to his best friend.
In Iron Man 2 Tony decides to get absolutely plastered at his birthday party as his arc reactor is slowly killing him. He ends up blowing up half his house.
Star Trek Into Darkness: Kirk after losing the Enterprise, followed by Scotty when Kirk is forced to accept his resignation when he won't allow the experimental torpedoes onto the ship.
Linda and Ned have a discussion about this in Holiday. See also the "Theatre" entry.
In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novelHonor Guard, after a disaster, Gaunt takes to drowning his sorrows — and not eating properly.
Aral Vorkosigan tries this in Lois McMaster Bujold's Shards of Honor before his fiancee shows up and invalidates the need. His son Miles does it too, on occasion; evidently, it's hereditary. Though his mother (that's the fiancee we mentioned) does also say it's partially Miles's attempt to uphold tradition.
David and Leigh Eddings have used this at various times in The Belgariad and its prequels.
Belgarath tried this in Belgarath the Sorcerer, after learning of his wife Poledra's Death by Childbirth. Aldur (his Master, a Physical God) seems to have stepped in and stopped him by making him physically ill to the point where he couldn't touch the stuff. (Belgarath then spent some years with the ladies of Maragor; when Beldin finally retrieved him, he said that Belgarath's drunkenness was still legendary in Camaar.)
Silk does this in The Belgariad after speaking with his mother for the first time in years. To elaborate, his mother used to be a beautiful woman, but caught a blindness inducing illness that left her face horribly scarred, and nobody could ever bring themselves to let her know. The scene is powerful precisely because of the contrast with Silk's Jerk Ass Facade and the overall humorous tone of the series.
In Discworld, Sam Vimes was like this up until his marriage to Sybil Ramkin. It's implied that his Knight in Sour Armor cynicism, combined with a job Vetinari had purposely made irrelevant and pointless, is what drove him to drink.
In Feet of Clay, Nobby Nobbs is told he's heir to the title of the Earl of Ankh, and Nobby's fear of responsibility briefly drives him to drink. In Soul Music, one of the methods Death tries to forget his troubles is drinking, but all it does is make him even more depressed. He does manage to make an awesome drunken speech (and drunken collapse) though.
Detritus, Gaspode and Thomas Silverfish all do this about halfway through Moving Pictures; Detritus is drinking because his girlfriend Ruby wants to be courted like the humans do and he keeps getting it wrong, Gaspode is drinking because Victor is ignoring his warnings about Ginger being in the thrall of Eldritch Abominations, and Silverfish is drinking because he hates the way C.M.O.T. Dibbler is running his movie studio, relying on spectacle instead of True Art.
The Vampire Chronicles has a fair amount of this going on. Louis in Interview with the Vampire not only drinks away his sorrows but picks fights and sleeps with prostitutes, hoping to get himself killed. Later in Blackwood Farm Quinn also drinks away his sorrows and his fears. In Queen of the Damned, this is slightly subverted, as Daniel Molloy tries to drink away his madness (from the knowledge that vampires are real).
Averted and played straight in StarfightersofAdumar - Wedge heads to a bar mostly for privacy while he thinks through some questions of honor vs. the chain of command (he doesn't get very drunk, either). However, at the bar, he runs across Admiral Rogriss, who decided the answer to his problem (basically the same as Wedge's) was to get stone drunk.
Played straight in an earlier book of the series, when Ton Phanan, the Combat Medic of the squadron who is allergic to bacta and thus gradually becoming more and more cybernetic, drinks and tells his wingmate that he needs less and less to get drunk, because every year, less meat, more machine. He feels that his extensive cybernetics are an outward sign that his future has been destroyed, and he has no one.
Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (implied). Sybil Trelawney as well, in the same book, more blatantly - how many times does one need to read "the strong smell of cooking sherry" before getting the hint?
In Goblet of Fire, Winky the house-elf drinks several bottles of Butterbeer a day after being fired by Mr. Crouch. Butterbeer is a very mild drink for humans (children can drink it without any problem) but it's pretty strong for house-elves.
Lytol drinks to unconsciousness whenever he is forcibly reminded of his dragon's death, as a way of easing the pain of the loss. This is considered better than the alternative; most riders who lose their dragons kill themselves.
There's a small instance in the first book of the same series. F'lar assumed leadership of the weyr from previous Weyrleader R'gul. After Weyrwoman Lessa performs the huge event of the plot, R'gul insists that it's not possible and F'lar must be mad, and privately prepares to resume leadership once F'lar's incapability is publicly known. When people show up who prove that it really did happen exactly the way the leaders said, "R'gul got very quietly drunk."
Haymitch Abernathy of The Hunger Games has been doing this ever since he left the titular Deadly Game as a teenager. Considering his only ally and friend in the arena was killed without him having even the slightest chance to save her and most of his family and friends were then killed to punish him for his almost nonexistent "rebellion", and his job ever since has been to accompany and train two kids a year for an almost certain death in the titular Deadly Game, you can see why.
Belisarius Series: It's something of a tradition of Antonina's, when Belisarius goes away on a potentially hopeless mission against the Malwa, to get thoroughly trashed, accompanied by Irene.
Several characters in Carrera's Legions, including the main protagonist, sink to this, usually over having their hearts broken.
Leesil, one of the protagonists of The Saga of the Noble Dead, drinks heavily in the first arc to suppress his memories of the time he spent as an assassin.
In Time Scout, Margo eventually realizes her father, though he's a bastard, may have developed his drinking problem as a result of her dead brother.
In the Knight and Rogue Series Fisk claims that he handled being dumped by his first crush "in the time honored way" while telling the audience about a time Jack had come to scold him for being to sentimental and attached to people while he was drunk.
In A Deeper Blue, Mike does this at the start, unable to get over Gretchen's death in Unto the Breach.
In Tom Kratman's Caliphate, on the first days of his espionage mission when he was visiting South Africa, Hamilton wishes that he could get totally trashed over his cover job of a child slave trader, but can't afford the resultant loss of control in what's effectively "enemy territory".
"One could get awfully drunk here," Christopher remarked, surveying a dusty wall of bottles marked Nuits d’été 1848. "I have quite a mind to drown my sorrows, Grant. I saw Millie. I talked to her. Do you know how to open champagne?"
In Spin, Carol Lawton spends most of the book perpetually wasted. Though one might assume that she drank primarily because of her loveless marriage to the overbearing E.D. Lawton, the real cause of her constant boozing is later revealed to be her misery over the knowledge that her one true love, Tyler's mother, was utterly straight and devoted to her husband.
Live Action TV
Almost every (major) character has done this at least once on Scrubs. Probably most notable is the occasion when Dr Cox spends around a solid week doing this after killing three patients by causing them to have rabies-infected organs transplanted and needs babysitting by all the other characters.
The Irish Drinking Song game in this series is based off this, and is sometimes played after the 'winner' is decided so the host can join in.
There's a game aptly titled 'Bartender' where one player acts as the bartender and the other three sing their sorrows out (which are provided by the audience members.)
Neal and Mozzie get drunk in the White Collar episode Family Business, shortly after Neal discovers that the man pretending to be Sam is actually his father, James. It's partly justified in that it was for a case Neal was working (they had to counterfeit a particular brand of whiskey), but he points out that after the events of the last few days, he's more than happy to let himself get drunk.
Giles starts drinking heavily after Jenny's death. Not played for laughs, although Buffy's self-righteous attitude ("Oh my God, are you drinking?") can generate some unintentional laughs. Give the dude a break, his girlfriend just got murdered! Jenny's death drove Giles to seek fiery vengeance, not a bottle. He did get scarily drunk, alone, when the fallout from his Ripper days first encroached on Sunnydale in the from of a demon-possessed corpse by the name of Eyghon. He worked his way through a list of old friends' phone numbers (plus half a bottle of scotch) only to learn they were all dead. His missing an appointment with Buffy for the first time ever was enough to tip her off that something was wrong.
In the episode "The Wish", an alternate-universe Sunnydale without Buffy is overrun by vampires. Giles leads a ragtag band of vampire hunters, and his apartment littered with liquor bottles spells out his desperation.
He also got drunk in season four's "The Yoko Factor" when Spike's manipulations got him feeling he was useless.
In "A New Man", he was so upset about feeling useless that he went out and got drunk with Ethan Rayne. Bad idea.
In one episode, Willow isn't drowning her sorrows. She's just bathing them.
After a hard day Buffy herself drowns her sorrow with some good old booze. Of course it's Spike's idea. She regrets it later (as she spend the rest of the night puking). Next time Spike asks if she wants a drink she passes.
Xander: And was there a lesson in all this, huh? What did we learn about beer?
Xander: Good. Just as long as that's clear.
Anya tries to drown her sorrows at the Bronze, but as she looks outwardly like a teenage girl the bartender stubbornly insists on an I.D. "I'm 1,120 years old! Just give me a frickin' BEER!!!"
There's Spike in "Lovers Walk". Apparently alcohol does affect vampires.
"Life Serial" has the trio trying to destroy Buffy's life. By the third day Spike steps in and helps her with scotch, before she agrees to go with him to a Bad Guy Bar for information. She promptly takes a bottle of alcohol and spends the night snarking as she gets drunk off her dial.
LOST has this trope, as revealed in multiple characters' flashbacks.
Christian Shephard spent the last week or so of his life drowning his sorrows in Australia. ** Jack's taken to doing so in the flash forwards.
Desmond, especially when he realised he couldn't escape the island and returned in this state in the season 2 finale. Plus his time travelling woes led him to the bottle too (although Charlie and Hurley were exploiting him a bit).
Sawyer is fond of drinking to drowns his sorrows as well.
The Canadian TV series Butch Patterson Private Dick, features a title character who drinks for a number of reasons, not least his shame over his tendency to wet his pants, to prematurely ejaculate, or his inability to have sex without paying a woman for it. He normally keeps up a brave front, but he occasionally lets his private shame and self-pitying show through, bursting into tears, yelling at whoever is in the room and then running away.
The X-Files, "The Blessing Way": When Mulder is presumed dead at the beginning of Season 3, Frohike shows up at Scully's house and mumbles something vaguely nonsensical. Scully takes one long look at him and asks, "How drunk are you?" to which Frohike replies by holding up a near-empty bottle of something that is probably stronger than wine. She just nods knowingly and lets him in, implying that she's done a bit of drinking herself.
When Leonard's mother, a neurophysiologist and psychologist, comes to visit on The Big Bang Theory, her influence prompts Leonard to knock on Penny's door and simply ask, "Do you have any alcohol?" The two of them spend most of the rest of the episode getting sloppy drunk.
Damar of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine spent several episodes getting drunk, to drown out first his unease and his conscience over dealing with the Dominion, his murder of Dukat's daughter, then his problems when promoted to leader of Cardassia. His snapping out of this and becoming a good guy marks the beginning of his becoming truly Bad Ass. And he slips a bit of information to Quark, leading to a particularly entertaining scene in which he is trying to tell Kira and Odo what he learned while roaring drunk.
"I just shared a bottle of kanar...with Damar!...Hey...that rhymes! (unintelligible giggling)"
It's shown that Sam and Bobby both drink a lot after Dean's death. Bobby at least had been hinted at avoiding alcohol now, but with the whole apocalypse Sam using his powers, and Dean in hell thing, the boys have still been drinking in a not-so-healthy way.
After finding out that God doesn't intend to do anything with the apocalypse, Castiel goes and drinks a whole liquor store.
Castiel: I found a liquor store.
Castiel: And I drank it!
Dean: Where have you been?
Castiel: On a bender.
Battlestar Galactica has this happen to several characters several times during the show's run. Bill Adama hits this trope hard in the fourth season, so much so that his best friend and second in command (and accomplished alcoholic himself) Saul Tigh has to snap him out of it.
Ben Harper from My Family: One episode features him being unable to get at his booze, resulting in him grinding through a fair chunk of the 10,000 or so choices on the combination lock in order to get at whiskey that turns out to be cold tea, courtesy Nick's new job as a background actor.
Subverted in an episode of Titus: Christopher Titus' father, habitual drinker Ken Titus, goes on the wagon, and his relatives find his sober behavior so insufferable that within two weeks they have an intervention to urge him to start drinking again.
A flashback in one episode of Frasier shows Niles hitting the (wine) bottle especially hard during his divorce with Marris, making a reference to the term when he said, "Who knew my sorrows were such strong swimmers."
Vir: I was drinking to Emperor Cartagia... but he wasn't here, so I had to drink for him. So first it was me drinking for Cartagia, and then me drinking for me, and then I got caught in this cycle... and then Emperor Cartagia, his glass broke!
After being killed and brought back to life in Torchwood, Owen went out drinking. This, however, ended badly for him seeing as dead people can't digest anything. He also goes through more mild forms of this after Diane leaves him.
On Fringe most of the cast has gotten in on this at one point or another.
Walter Bishop is normally on any number of psychotropic drugs at once. When he hits rock bottom, instead of drowning his sorrows, he smokes them out. To similar, but far more hilarious, effect.
Olivia drinks so often it's pretty much her nightly ritual now.
On Good Times, Keith does this after feeling frustrated about not being able to play football, working part-time as a cab driver, and the lack of full-time work. The drinking escalates when his old college roommate (now a pro football player) comes to visit. Keith then starts insulting everyone around him and he slaps Thelma. Thelma packs his bags and tells him that he can either quit drinking for good and stop feeling sorry for himself or he can leave her for good. Keith chooses Thelma.
In Best Love, Ae Jeong drinks an entire bottle of wine in one gulp to make a point, Jae Suk gives a drunken confession of love to his boss, and Aw Hwan mumbles a request to Jenny not to drink red wine with anyone but him. And so on...
Twinkle Twinkle: Mostly serious sorrowful drinking, especially by the female leads.
You Are Beautiful: Go Mi Nam gets drunk on champaigne his first night and ends up throwing up on the lead singer of the band he just joined. This is after throwing up in a flower pot, and before anyone knows he's a girl.
In the Community episode "Mixology Certification" Annie starts off the night odering Root Beers but as she gets progressively worked up about planning out her entire life sheeventually ends up switching to screwdrivers.
On Boy Meets World, Cory does this once after his break up with Topanga in season five. In a later episode, Shawn does this after he is unable to find his real mother.
In the third episode of Black Mirror Liam ends up getting drunk after suspecting his wife was flirting with another man. Decides to get the babysitter involved before driving over and attacking the guy.
On Lie to Me Foster gets totally smashed (on a bottle of Lightman's very, very expensive Scotch, no less, which she stole from his office). When he confronts her, she is both hilarious in her chattiness and heartbreakingly honest, as she displays her vulnerability and her love and loyalty for Lightman, while finally taking a stand against his aggressive personality.
Flack, after Angell's death on CSI: NY. Unfortunately, he passed out, and someone took him to their place because he was drunk,where he got caught up in the middle of an arrest later on. No one knew where he was at the time, even when he was supposed to come to work, and Mac had to try and pull him back to reality once they found him, which the group had been trying to do for a while while he rebuffed them. Fortunately, nearly losing his job and worse, his life, woke him up.
Scandal: Both the President and Cyrus do this (sometimes together).
In the Horatio Hornblower miniseries, this is how Mr Buckland deals with being an Acting Captain and not quite fit for command — drinking lots of port. He starts with "freaking drinks" to calm himself down and ends up getting drunk on regular basis. He's once found napping in a net in his cabin, holding an empty bottle. One scene depicts him sadly pouring himself port, and the wine over-flows the glass and he just sadly watches the stream flowing on the table.
Sgt. Doakes discussed this with Dexter, telling him that lots of cops deal with the stress of the job with either booze or drugs, and that lots of them became addicts.
Debra drinks once when she reminisces about her father, a legendary cop on the force, Harry Morgan. She was proud of herself to moderate her drinking, but any time she hears some crap that happened with him, she needs to drink.
I do if for the drugs... I do it just to feel like I'm alive... I do it for the love.... that I find at the bottom of the bottle...
Tom Waits, "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart." Waits' voice is almost uniquely suited to this kind of song. He has quite a few other songs like this, including "The Piano Has Been Drinking", "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You", "Invitation to the Blues", and "Saving All My Love for You".
"The Price of Love" by the Everly Brothers, with its laboured yet lovely rhyme:
Wine is sweet, gin is bitter Drink all you can but you won't forget her.
The Byrds' "An empty bottle, a broken heart, and You're Still on My Mind".
"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by John Lee Hooker, later covered by George Thorogood.
"Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley, oddly by both the cheated-on soldier or his cheating girlfriend. It...doesn't help.
Yowane Haku, the fan-made Anthropomorphic Personification of clumsy new users to the Vocaloid software, does this constantly because she feels she'll never be as good as Hatsune Miku, the character on whom she was based. Because of this and her woobie tendencies, she's become just as popular as Miku herself. She and Akita Neru eventually became official vocaloids and Haku's popularity led to a rise of instances she was shown to be much more capable of singing than she used to. If it isn't for the previous reason of her dreams of singing as beautifully as Miku being shattered that makes her drink herself into stupor, she does so for the fun or sake of it and usually is portrayed as sluggish, lazy and clumsy, but a little more happy than originally portrayed. This has been met with mixed receptions, since Haku is supposed to be the Anthropomorphic Personification of people who fail to use the Vocaloid software effectively/correctly, and doing a bad Miku song/Haku song on purpose defeats, in itself, Haku's raison d'etre. note After all, you're not a failure if you've successfully, and with intent, failed. It's all kinda complicated and rather Fan Dumb-y.
"Slo Gin" by Tim Curry is a text book example with lyrics like "slo gin, gotta wash away the pain inside" and the somewhat infamous refrain, "I'm so fucking lonely and I ain't even high".
"Whiskey Bottle" and "I Got Drunk" by Uncle Tupelo.
A great deal of country music practically glorifies this trope. In addition to the ones already mentioned, "Queen of the Silver Dollar" and "Whiskey River" come to mind.
The Rolling Stones' "Honky-Tonk Women" features the line "I just can't seem to drink you off my mind."
Bob Dylan clocks in with "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," ending with this verse:
I started out on burgundy/But soon hit the harder stuff/Everybody said they’d stand behind me/When the game got rough/But the joke was on me/There was nobody even there to call my bluff/I’m going back to New York City/I do believe I’ve had enough
"How You Remind Me" by Nickelback features elements of this.
The appropriately-named "Drinking Song" by Jenny Owen Youngs. The chorus, "There's solace at the bottom of the bottle", is oddly cheery.
Gary Stead, The Alcoholic of the Saint EtienneConcept AlbumTales From Turnpike House appears in three of the twelve tracks. In "Milk Bottle Symphony" he has a hangover and by "Teenage Winter" he's ignoring the debt collectors to go down to The Hat And Fan (no longer a British Pub, but a horrible franchised Wetherspoons-style mess mostly staffed by Australians) again, but "Last Orders For Gary Stead" tells the true story of a man hiding in the bottom of a beer glass to escape the reality that his life is rubbish and his wife has left him.
The Charlie Daniels Band's "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye".
"Tear in My Beer" by Hank Williams Sr (and a mashup duet created by his son)
Brazil has "Garçom" ("waiter", the guy who the binge drinking protagonist speaks about his broken heart) and "Pinga Ni Mim" (Double Entendre: as it can be both "drops on me" - as the chorus mentions a leak - and "cachaça on me"; but many don't know it's about drowning romantic sorrows as they only learned the chorus).
"In my dream, I was drowning my sorrows / but my sorrows had learned to swim."
Parodied in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. Hugo's girlfriend has left him. He announces that he's going to go drink himself to death and leaves. Several scenes later, he staggers back onstage: "Milk. But it worked." At one point in the interim, he's shown trying to order a drink, but since he has only a vague idea what even the names of alcoholic drinks are, he doesn't do it very well. He ends up asking if the bartender can make him a "vodka malted." Note that this however depends on the production. Some will portray him as just having gotten angry...and some imply that he somehow managed to get a hold of actual alcohol.
The song "Make It Another Old-Fashioned, Please" from Panama Hattie.
Philip Barry's play Holiday contains a discussion between Linda and Ned Seton about this. Linda, mortified to find she has fallen in love with her sister's fiancé, contemplates getting drunk on champagne, and asks her brother what it's like. In the end, she decides to be stoical about the situation, and goes to join the engagement party instead.
In Exalted, Demetheus accidentally killed a friend during a fight, and then proceeded to go on such an epic sorrow-drowning bender that the Goddess of Intoxicants herself, Burning Feather, came down from Yu-Shan to sober him up.
Played straight by an NPC in Twilight Princess. After you complete his quest, and leave his house, you can come back and find him missing. He's gone to the local tavern, and is seated at the bar, crying his eyes out because his girlfriend is seeing someone else.
Escape from Monkey Island has Carla drinking at the microbrewery on Jambalaya Island to forget her time on Monkey Island. Unfortunately, Guybrush inadvertently reminds her of what she was drinking to forget, and she complains "Thanksh a load, Threepwood. Now I gotta shtart all over again."
Guybrush: Drinking isn't the answer, Carla."
Carla: That depends on the question, doeshn't it?
Wing Commander III: Halfway into the game, Col.Blair drowns his sorrows after discovering Angel's fate. After the cutscene showing her fate, you're given a choice of talking with Rachel or drinking some more. Unless one is a masochist, talking is probably better than drinking. Especially because of the scramble alert following shortly thereafter. Alcohol and spacecraft do not mix, and flying drunk will make your ship behave erratically.
The Japanese version and the DS retranslation of Chrono Trigger implies that Frog did this when he learned King Guardia was wounded in battle, though the act itself is not shown on screen. In the SNES translation, such a thing would be unheard of.
The Demoman in Team Fortress 2 is characterized this way. His melee weapon is the very bottle he draws his "comfort" from, and his taunt for said weapon features him shouting "Cheers, mate!" and taking a hearty swig. A good number of his in-game lines either sound completely drunk or reference his being so ("I'm drunk - you don't have an excuse!", "Imagine if I hadn't been drunk!", etc.). His "Meet the Team" video features the strongest example of this trope, with him going from sober to somewhat wasted by the end and bemoaning the fact that he is "a black Scottish cyclops".
"They got more *BEEEEEP*s than they got the likes o' me!"
Nearly every dwarf in Dwarf Fortress has in their bio: "Urist McAlequaffer needs alcohol to get through the working day" and will add "and is working more slowly due to its scarcity" should the fortress run out. Given the myriad horrible things that can (and frequently do) happen to the dwarves, it is rather easy to see why they would drink so much? Besides them being, you know, dwarves.
Cloud from Final Fantasy VII is implied to do this rarely and only when he gets really, really, REALLY depressed, like in On the Way To a Smile: Case of Tifa.
While it is unknown if he actually does this, Yuri from Infinite Space occasionally makes other characters (usually his sister) worried that something is bothering him when he starts to drink a lot.
This seems to be the source of Oghren's alcoholism in Dragon Age: Origins. He got on the sauce after his wife left him and he was restricted from ever carrying a weapon while in the city or fighting in the Deep Roads. Other dwarves openly mock him for it. Constantly.
Hinted at with Fenris in Dragon Age II. Hawke can find him drunk on the anniversary of his escape, which could also be the same day the people who helped him were killed by his hands. Oddly, though, he's more cheerful drunk than he normally is.
Deadly Premonition: After the murder of her daughter, Sallie Graham starts spending a lot of time getting drunk at the SWERY '65 bar.
More or less speculative, but...in Final Fantasy IX, when Garnet resigns herself to becoming The High Queen, Zidane is found by their friends in a bar sulking about the possibility of his and Garnet now becoming more distant regarding their relationship. The way Zidane speaks throughout the whole scene certainly seems like he was in a drunk stupor, but...
In Mass Effect 2 DLC Lair of the Shadow Broker, you can find info on Captain Anderson that due to the pressure of being in politics and working with the head-up-their-asses Citadel Council, he's since taken up heavy drinking. And watching conspiracy vids, just to see how much bull the public is fed, probably bringing Udina along just to see the conspiracy shitstorm.
Tali of all people is seen getting soused after Miranda dies on Sanctuary. She manages to get wasted off of triple filtered Turian brandy, introduced through an "Emergency induction port". (Note that Tali also gets drunk even if Miranda survives the Sanctuary mission, but in that case the topic that's driven her to drink is a bit different.) And then, assuming you have "From Ashes", she drunk-dials a less-than-amused Javik and becomes convinced he has a crush on Liara.
Ashley also gets wasted at some point, but you only see the aftermath, what with her curled up on the floor with a massive hangover. Shepard can then proceed to make fun of her.
Shepard: I was just thinking it would be a good time to test the fire alarm.
Ashley: I'll pay you a million credits not to do that, sir.
Shepard:Two million, and we have a deal.
Ashley: You're a damned space pirate.
After Starkiller defeats him at the TIE fighter construction facility above Nar Shaddaa, Rahm Kota is found in a bar in Bespin.
Deego in Rogue Galaxy is first found drowning his sorrows after a combat mission went badly wrong.
Cass, one of your possible companions in Fallout: New Vegas is found doing this in a crappy military bar after her caravans have (suspiciously) been vaporized. She's still The Alcoholic after she joins your party but at least she isn't depressed.
Taro Namatame from Persona 4 is shown drinking after the death of his mistress. His mental state during said moment might be a contributing factor for how he was easily manipulated by Adachi into throwing people into the TV.
Solid Snake mentions that, while he lived in isolation in Alaska, that he was "drinking too much," presumably to drown out his PTSD.
Rosemary mentions something similar in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, where she mentioned that Raiden was frequently returning home exceptionally drunk for reasons that are strongly implied to be the result of his PTSD memories of his being a former child soldier returning to him.
Chris Redfield in recent promotional spots for Resident Evil 6 was shown to be drunk when Piers found him. It's implied that his being drunk was because of something that happened several months earlier when someone unleashed a biological weapon on his team, to which he and Piers are the sole survivors.
In Assassin's Creed III, Connor recruits an old ship captain by the name of Robert Faulkner, who fell into drunkenness after his ship, the Aquila, was decommissioned and he lost his purpose. He leaps at the chance to sail her again for the Assassins and by all appearances remains sober afterward, or at least as sober as any other sailor.
In Red Dead Redemption, Jack Marston implies that he has become a heavy drinker to cope with the death of his family
Raphael in Mutant Ninja Turtles Gaiden tended to do this regularly before the start of the storyline. Considering what happened, could you blame him?
In General Protection Fault, Dexter does this with donuts after the girl he hooked up with at a speed dating event goes out with someone else. He plans on doing it again at a restaurant when the two dates that his friends arranged for him both leave, until the woman he met at the first speed dating event shows up.
Parodied in Narbonic. After Dave and Helen break up, Dave and Artie go to a bar. Dave appears utterly drunk, but when another patron who happens to be Dave's Kid from the Future asks what he's been drinking, Artie replies, "Half a glass of Vanilla Coke. And pathos."
Steve from Questionable Content does this rather hard in between relationships, and Faye will occasionally tend towards it a little bit too. Marten did it REALLY hard, drinking a whole bottle after Dora's break-up with him.
Roxy Lalonde is almost constantly drunk, and this is implied to be a coping mechanism for the fact that she is living in the distant future where Earth has been taken over by a crazy space Empress trying to turn it into the new Alternia and where she is one of only two living humans. The fact that she doesn't feel she can tell her best friend Jane about any of this and has to pretend that her mother isn't long-since dead doesn't help.
Rose also admits to doing this in the alternate (doomed) timeline after John is tricked by Terezi into getting killed.
Homestar Runner: Strong Bad drowns his sorrows when he finds out that his friend The Cheat is dating Marzipan.
The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester, apparently. He is seen with a glass of scotch on his table in episode 10, and in episode 11 he says he knows he has many faults and that he finds it easier to drink than to regret. One of his tweets to his assistant reads: "Can you schedule a meeting for 2 hours from now and can you arrange a scotch?"
The protagonist of Superhero Black Hole has done this. This is not recommended for time-travelers, as they can drunkenly travel back in time and then change history and be unable to return to the present—as happens to our hero.
Protagonist: Because drunken time-jumping is a lot like trying to slam on a car’s brakes, but your foot keeps slipping and you hit the accelerator instead. It’s terrifying. Eventually, I stopped myself, and wound up in a few years ago. Which is where I accidentally punched a poilceman, obliterated all chance of me going back to Letrodacta’s birth, and eventually wound up here.
Bender is doing it in the Pilot episode. He's getting drunk because he found out that he — a bending unit — was used to bend parts for suicide booths. Fry wonders why would a robot need to drink, and Bender assures him that he doesn't need to drink and can quit any time he wants. It was later changed and established that robots indeed do need alcohol to function properly.
In "I, Roommate", Bender gets so depressed about Fry throwing him out of their apartment that he stops drinking and (since robots need alcohol to function properly) starts to act drunk. He even grows a Beard of Sorrow made out of rust!
"I'm crazy and sober and don't know what I'll do!"
The Simpsons: Probably the only reason Moe's Tavern has stayed in business all these years. With a special nod to an episode where he gives Homer a special drink, specifically made to cause short-term memory loss. Of course, when he can't remember what he's supposed to forget, Homer comes to some pretty wild conclusions.
Both parodied and played for drama in Moral Orel. In the first season, Clay Puppington's alcoholism is less pronounced and played for laughs. But in the later parts of the second season and the entire third season, things take a darker turn.
In "Nature" where he gets progressively drunker and at one point of sorrow, screams "WHY DO YOU STOP WORKING ON ME?" at the bottle.
Another example is in the episode "Sacrifice" where he gives a very depressing and drunken monologue about life in the aptly named "old Forgetty's Pub" and then antagonizes everyone inside the bar so much, that he drives them all away.
Teen Titans: In "Car Trouble" in the first scene of the third act Cyborg is sitting despondently on a curb, having failed to get his car back from Gizmo, surrounded by empty milkshake cups. Presently Raven shows up, looks at the cups and remarks, "Fourteen milkshakes. Not a good sign."
Toki Wartooth does this after his father's death in Metalocalypse, getting hammered numerous times since then. The other band members note on this, with Skwisgaar saying he doesn't want to babysit Toki during Seth's wedding, and everyone being shocked that he's drinking straight vodka in the morning. Ironically, he knocks out Nathan's assailant with a vodka bottle in the season 2 finale.
Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals has apparently been perpetually drunk for months on end, as of current canon. During his Pirate Radio shows, he rambles about how lonely he is. It's unsurprising: Noodle was missing in action after the "El Manana" video and may or may not have been trapped in Hell, so he replaced her with a cyborg; Russel was also missing, whereabouts unknown, so he replaced him with an automatic drum machine; and 2D wanted nothing to do with him, so Murdoc kidnapped him and kept him prisoner, and 2D is now sober enough to start realising exactly how bad Murdoc's treatment of him has always been.
K'nuckles from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack seems to do this with "maple syrup". Also, in "High Land Lubber" he actually asks Peppermint Larry for something to drown his sorrows, even though Peppermint Larry gives him prune juice.
In the Bugs Bunny version of Casablanca, Bugs himself is drinking carrot juice saying something similar to the film's true quote.
Occurs in the Recess episode, "I Will Kick No More Forever", when Vince starts losing his touch in every sport. The scene that features this trope is when he stays home from school binging out on root beer and donuts (complete with Balloon Belly) while watching video recordings of his previous games. Mikey even asks, "Don't you think you've had enough!?"
In the South Park episode "Ass Burgers", this is effectively what the cynics do, all ridiculousness aside. By the end of the episode, this is what Stan turns to, possibly on a long-term basis, just to get through a normal day.
In the first season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "The Best Night Ever", Spike is disappointed when the girls leave to do their own thing at the Grand Galloping Gala instead of enjoying the night together like he suggested. At the end of the episode, we find Spike's spent the night stuffing his face with donuts and hot cocoa at Pony Joe's donut shop. He even briefly acts like a sullen drunk.
The Legend of Korra features Bolin doing this with noodles after he sees his crush Korra kiss his brother. He becomes uncoordinated, sullen and the next day is clearly hungover.
Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. Even in the 1860s and 1870s, Macdonald's drinking binges were legendary, but in truth the poor guy had good reason to want to get loaded, not least of which were the serious financial problems he faced, and the even more serious problems stemming from the poor health of his wife and daughter. On top of all that, Canada has been described by many of its prime ministers as extremely difficult to govern. It's not hard to see why Macdonald would need a good stiff drink now and again.
It seems that John Kerr, former governor-general of Australia, did this after the public backlash resulting from him dismissal of the Prime Minister in 1975 started to get to him. When presenting the 1977 Melbourne Cup, he was visibly drunk.
When Vince Neil's daughter was dying of cancer, he began drinking even heavier than he usually did to cope with his despair. After the funeral, his friends shipped him off to rehab. It didn't take, and he remains a heavy drinker to this day.
There's often a joke about this. Basically, if you're drinking to forget, remember to pay in advance.
Reportedly, when Josef Stalin realized Adolf Hitler had doublecrossed him, his initial reaction was to lock himself in a bar and go on a week long drinking binge.
Dan Savage semi-jokingly recommends this after a breakup: "To calculate how long it will take to get over her, divide the time you were together in half, subtract one month for every year you are over thirty, and have another beer."