"Milk... It's miiiilk... Can you get tipsy from something like milk?!? Hic!"Wallowing in misery at a bar isn't exclusive to realist and noir works, even the Wide-Eyed Idealist in a Sugar Bowl can drown his sorrows... Thing is, though, he does it with milk, malts, root beer, soda or odder fare. Despite the beverage being non-alcoholic and in fact being loaded with sugar and stimulants, for some reason rather than make him hyper, the drink makes him act drunk and melancholy. In the case of aliens and other nonhumans, this would be a case of Alien Catnip, and could be the result of Bizarre Alien Biology. A Sub-Trope of G-Rated Drug. Supertrope to Alien Catnip. Related to I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!. Compare Heartbreak and Ice Cream. If the drinker has had a tiny amount of actual alcohol, it's Can't Hold His Liquor. If the drinker thinks that he's drinking real alcohol and getting drunk on the placebo effect, it's Fake High. Not to be confused with Frothy Mugs of Water, a type of censorship where words and imagery pertaining to alcohol are edited out.
— Gorman, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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- Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess can guzzle down hard liquor like water without even getting tipsy, but one can of soda and she's plastered. What gets a goddess drunk varies for each goddess: Belldandy's sister Urd can only get drunk off of saké.
- Akikan!'s Najimi gets drunk off something carbonated. She also gets a lot more honest and ends up Kissing Under the Influence.
- Invoked in a Christmas-themed title page for CLAMP School Detectives, where Akira and Nokoru appear tipsy from "carbonated champagne" without alcohol.
- In Dagashi Kashi, Hotaru manages to get absolutely hammered on "Namaiki Beer" (lit. "Audacious Beer"), a sort of non-alcoholic squash drink that resembles beer (the name is a pun on nama biiru, Japanese for draft beer). She even passes out on the floor. Lampshaded by Kokonotsu, who questions how this is even possible.
- A justified case in Daily Life with Monster Girl. Rachnera is an arachne (spider-girl). Spiders get drunk on caffeine. Hilarity Ensues when Kimihito brings her a black coffee from Stertbooks.
- Misaki in Futaba-kun Change! drinks steins of honey: not mead (fermented honey), actual beer steins of honey. This plays into her inhuman Sweet Tooth — the girl eats so many sweets that the swim team she's a member of doesn't know how to swim in normal water, since the pool water she swims in turns to sugar water.
- Kisaragi from GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class can even get drunk on grape soda if she hasn't had sugar in a while.
- One amusing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's Tachikomatic Days has a Tachikoma somehow get so "drunk" off of natural oil (the impurities have a funny effect on them) that it has an Out-of-Body Experience.
- Discussed by the narrator in the Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics episode "The Town Musicians Of Bremen", where the donkey starts acting silly and walking on his hind legs due to eating strange flowers. The narrator even says that people use some kinds of flowers to make wine, which explains his giddiness.
- In one episode of Hanasaku Iroha, Ohana gets completely drunk from drinking soda.
- In The Hating Girl, a side effect of the arrow through Asumi's head is that soft drinks cause her to get drunk, so she avoids them. Fortunately, belching undoes the effects. Unfortunately for her friend Ryouji in the chapter where this first happens, the belch comes after he's reacted to her rather lewd behavior changes from the soda, leading her to think he's been acting like a pervert with her and taking days of explaining from Ryouji to calm down from.
- From Heaven's Lost Property Tomoki and Sohara hilariously get drunk on soda when Ikaros lies to them. Suguta mentions that they need to take care of themselves if they can get drunk on cola.
- Sharo in Is the Order a Rabbit? has no tolerance for caffeine and becomes incredibly hyper and cheerful, basically becoming a second Cocoa, after just one cup.
- In Kogepan the breads get drunk off of milk.
- In Kumo Desu Ga, Nani Ka? Shiraori ends up black-out drunk after a few swigs of coffee, which Sophia notes isn't unusual for spiders.
- Carbonated beverages get Mermaids drunk in the manga version of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch. This happens to Lucia while trying to take care of a sick Kaito. In the anime, it's replaced with a magic MacGuffin mood changer that goes haywire.
- Ten year old Hatchin from Michiko & Hatchin manages to get drunk from juice while at a bar with Michiko. This was lampshaded by Michiko.
Michiko: Are you actually getting drunk off of orange juice?
- Yui Takamura has a case of this in Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, where after witnessing her Love Interest Yuuya prove to be quite the Chick Magnet, she drowns her sorrows in orange juice. Lampshaded by the bartender Natalie pointing out how impressive it is that she's gotten drunk off orange juice.
- Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat has "Inspector Holic" who gets drunk on orange juice!
- Team Rocket have been shown to get drunk on both orange juice and water. Yes, they were drunk in the original Japanese versions as well.
- In episode 39 of Sun and Moon, an Officer Jenny and a Nurse Joy get drunk on berry juice, complete with Blush Stickers and walking funny. Mallow also acts like an angry drunk while venting to "bartender" Oranguru.
- Sailor Moon:
- It 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 Wc Donalds milkshakes and acts drunken; Chibiusa is grossed out and comments on this, even pointing out that sake is the traditional beverage for Drowning My Sorrows.
- In the S season, there's an episode where Usagi accidentally gets drunk while trying to learn English. However, in the Cloverway dub, they switched that for "having too much juice."
- Vamp from Tentai Senshi Sunred drowns his sorrows in Coke. He's a mean 'drunk', too.
- To Love-Ru:
- Lum and Ten from Urusei Yatsura wreak havoc when they get extremely drunk on umeboshi (pickled plums, usually regarded as a hangover cure). It turns out that alcohol actually cures them of being drunk, though all this is somewhat justfied by Bizarre Alien Biology.
- In the '80s anime and manga Gu Gu Ganmo, the title character (a chicken-like alien) wreaks havoc when he gets drunk on... coffee.
- In Naruto (1997) Naruto manages to get drunk off of root beer.
- Obelix in Astérix sometimes drinks alcohol (Asterix and the Laurel Wreath, for example), but when he and Asterix disagree over the newcomer to the village who's opened a tavern in Asterix and Caesar's Gift, he heads straight to the tavern and orders a goat's milk. Cacofonix comments "If he's drowning his sorrows in goat's milk, he must have had a fight with Asterix." This is because Obelix is strong enough to throw elephants further than Romans can throw javelins, as well as a terrible drunk, and he probably doesn't want to hurt his friends on a drunken stupor, so he's mostly a teetotaler by choice.
- A non-Drowning My Sorrows Lampshading in one issue of The Avengers: Beast, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch and Vision are having a night out together, and Beast declares they're going to get "good and sauced". When the waitress points out they've ordered virgin pina coladas, Hank replies "But we've got great imaginations!"
- In Iron Man #178, the opening story shows a kid cosplaying as the eponymous hero getting expelled from a group of kids pretending to be the Avengers, and subsequently drowning his sorrows on soda. It's a Breather Episode for the depressing "Tragic Tony Stark" storyline that was going on at the time. You can read it here.
- In one of the early, pre-Isodoro Patoruzú strips, Patoruzú goes with Julian de Monte Pio for a night in town, and passes out after only two glasses of champagne. Worse, Julian then reveals that the "champagne" was just apple soda.
- Inverted in the second Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire story:
Woman from Galactic Temperance society: Surely you don't think I'll be letting you drink alcohol.
Buck: It's milk.
Woman from Galactic Temperance society: What do you take me... (sips from glass) Why, it is milk. (eyes dilate and she collapses)
Buck: Vrang Beast milk?
Al: Vrang Beast milk.
Buck: 150 proof?
Al: Only type I serve!
- In X-Nation 2099, the first issue plays this completely, totally, and literally straight: the characters go to a milk bar, where patches of diodes cause milk to act as a Fantastic Drug.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW), Rainbow Dash explains that her memory of the wedding from "A Canterlot Wedding" is hazy after having Pinkie's Tutti-Frutti Sherbet Sugar Punch. (It contains seven parts of sugar for every part of fruit!)
- In The Professor's Daughter, Imhotep IV gets giddy after a cup of tea. He blames it on his physical body not being used to any sort of stimulation.
Imhotep: My corporeal shell has been deprived of everything for so long that the slightest stimulant inebriates it.
- Dennis in Beau Peep not only gets drunk by eating wine gums (a type of gumdrop which, despite the name, contains no wine), he gets a hangover afterwards.
- In Over the Hedge Verne once got drunk after one flaming virgin banana bonzai. Complete with blackout and hangover. A later arc had him getting high off catnip (despite being a turtle).
- Charlie Brown drowns his sorrows in haircuts. Subverted though, in that it's not so much haircuts generically as the fact that his father is a barber. When he's depressed, he goes to his dad's barber shop and, no matter how busy his dad is, he's always happy to see Charlie, and that cheers Charlie up. He's used this to shut up people (usually Violet) who are doing the "My dad is better than your dad at X" thing.
- When Snoopy is the World War I flying ace, he sometimes drowns his sorrows in root beer.
- Atlas in Rise Of Empress Midnight gets drunk off of cake.
- Due to Bizarre Alien Biology, Jahv becomes drunk on orange juice in the "Party" episode of the My Friend Is An Alien series, derived from the Niklas and Friends universe.
- In Button's Adventures: Bar Buddies, Button Mash is drunk on apple juice.
- In this Undertale fan comic, Sans gets drunk on ketchup.
- RandomVerse Spider-Man gets plastered on milkshakes. The first time it's done straight, but ever since then the Hulk and Iron Man have been drugging his milkshakes to get wacky movie-trailer related hallucinations for their own entertainment.
- In the The Great Mouse Detective fic "Theobromine", Basil's equivalent to Holmes's cocaine is chocolate, with Dawson similarly horrified by its effects. (Chocoholic mice are Truth in Television, although it's not known if it's toxic.)
- In the Fairly Oddparents fanfiction, Origin Of The Pixies, magical beings are subject to getting drunk on sugary substances like candy and soda rather than alcohol.
- Dahlia Hawthorne Escaps From Pirson: In one chapter, Alita traps Kristoph under a pile of sand, and then pours water into the pile to try and drown him. He proceeds to drink all the water, and get drunk, which makes him a Drunken Master with a "pirate sword", and makes him able to ignore the pain from the beating that he took beforehand. It does however, also cause Single Malt Vision when Alita uses Double Team, causing him to see 200 duplicates instead of the actual 10.
Films — Animation
- In Toy Story, when Buzz is having his Heroic B.S.O.D. at Sid's house, he somehow manages to get drunk on tea. Imaginary tea.
- The Boxtrolls does this almost literally; cheese makes Mr. Snatcher act like a surly drunk, on top of causing him to swell grotesquely and break out in a rash.
- Big Hero 6: When Robot Buddy Baymax's batteries are low, his body starts deflating and he moves, walks, and talks as if he's incredibly drunk.
Baymax: [stroking a cat] Haaaaairy baby!
- Throughout Madagascar, Phil the chimp can be seen drinking copious amounts of root beer, and he spends most of his screentime seemingly hungover or drunk as a result.
- In The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, SpongeBob drowns his sorrows on ice-cream floats at Goofy Goobers. He goes on a bender and wakes up the next morning with a bad hangover (complete with heavily slurred speech and a five-o-clock shadow).
- A Bug's Life: A male mosquito at the bug bar gets drunk off a Bloody Mary O+ which is obviously suppose to be blood. Yes, you heard that right: A male mosquito getting drunk off BLOOD.
- In Frozen, chocolate seems to play this role. In "For the First Time in Forever", Anna mentions that she'll want to eat chocolate when she's nervous about seeing a handsome guy. Later, in "Love is an Open Door", when Hans tells Anna he has feelings for her, he says "maybe it's the party talking, or the chocolate fondue."
Films — Live-Action
- The Old West cliché of the gunslinger going into the bar and ordering sasparilla/sarsparilla. (Also, possibly, Getting Crap Past the Radar, since sasparilla was used to treat syphilis.)
- In Miss Congeniality, we see the heroine ordering a pint of something at the bar. The bartender asks whether she really wants that much. It then turns out to be a pint of ice cream. She even refers to it as getting "chip-faced" (it has chocolate chips).
- In Death to Smoochy, Sheldon laments the lack of control over his show by sitting at the bar, a bit drunkenly talking about old kid show hosts... while drinking orange juice.
- In Alien Nation, the Newcomers get drunk off spoiled milk. The lactic acid in the fermented milk is produced by anaerobic digestion— just like the production of alcohol.
- There's a film about a kung fu fighting toddler who gets drunk on milk.
- In A Clockwork Orange, Alex and his violent droogs are first seen with glasses of milk in their hands at their favorite hangout, the Korova Milk Bar. Alex's narration is quick to point out, however, that the milk is laced with various psychotropic drugs to "sharpen you up for a bit of the old ultraviolence."
- A Deleted Scene from the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo film had Velma do a song and dance number after drinking a non-alcoholic drink.
- In one scene from Singin' in the Rain, Don, Kathy and Cosmo seem exceptionally giddy after drinking milk together into the wee hours of the morning (The Hays Code prohibited the use of alcohol onscreen).
- In Troop Beverly Hills there's a scene in which Phyllis (Shelley Long) is in bed depressed over her impending divorce and drowning her sorrows in bottled Evian spring water, with empty bottles all around her. Many of the "drunk scene" cliches apply, including her neighbor friend telling her she's had enough and Phyllis ordering her to bring her another.
- In a variant from Back to the Future Part III, Doc Brown gets rather maudlin and detached from his surroundings by sitting at the bar holding a whiskey, not drinking or even sniffing it. Just holding the glass at the bar is enough to affect him.
- The Further Adventures of Dr A.A.A. McGurk M.D. by Osmar White, opens with a depessed Dr McGurk drowing his sorrows in malted milk at the Explorer's Club. When he comes up with the idea of seeking the Pole of Impossibility (somewhere in the Antarctic) by camel, the other explorers comment "You've put too much malt in your milk."
- In Men at Arms, the Watch all Need A Freaking Drink after finding the first victim of the gonne. Three of the six have beer, Nobby has an Umbrella Drink, Detritus has a molten sulphur (because the heat affects troll brains)...and Carrot has a glass of milk. This is actually an aversion. Carrot drinks milk because he's The Teetotaler; he doesn't want to be drunk.
- In The Truth Mr Tulip appears to be trying to get a drug habit but his lack of understanding of chemistry means that he ends up mainlining things like chalk. Mr Pin is trying to explain to him that all drugs are chemicals, but all chemicals are not drugs, but does not seem to get his message through.
- Harry Potter: Winky the House Elf gets drunk on butterbeer, a beverage usually drunk by underaged wizards without any intoxicating effect, thus having little to no alcohol content. However, house elves are very small individuals (two-three feet tall humanoids) so if the drink really is alcoholic by even a little bit, that would explain how it renders a house elf drunk while doing nothing to teenagers.
- The books never actually clarify this one way or the other. Butterbeer could be like root beer, or it could be closer to cider. England has different cultural mores in regards to alcohol and drinking at a young age than America so whether this is a case of this trope or Can't Hold His Liquor is left as an exercise for the reader.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Dothraki use fermented horse milk to get drunk. Likely a reference to Real Life Kumis, fermented horse milk that is (very mildly) alcoholic.
- Used by Dolphus Raymond the town drunk in To Kill a Mockingbird. He's often seen in public, tipsy and swigging from a bottle in a paper bag. The young protagonists eventually discover that it's actually a bottle of Coca-Cola, and he just pretends to be a drunkard so the bigoted townspeople won't harass his family over his marriage to a black woman.
- In Gordon Korman's Beware the Fish the main characters slipped some of the school genius' experimental cold cure into the coach's sports drink, unaware that the combination would make him act as if he were drunk. After he wandered over to the girls' school across the road and shocked the headmistress into fainting, they and the genius managed to keep him from further wanderings by playing poker for matchsticks.
- Dragons in Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher are rendered to a somewhat drunken and euphoric state when they are given milk. It makes them very docile and easy to manage. The protagonist does this when his dragon starts getting too large to manage normally.
- The Demigod Diaries: The Maenads are getting drunk off of eggnog, since they're parents will not let them have wine yet.
- In Babylon 5, Vir can be seen drowning his sorrows with a Shirley Temple, a nonalcoholic children's cocktail. Though, in that scene he doesn't seem to realize that there's no alcohol in it. However his boss Londo, and several other Centauri are pretty heavy drinkers, Vir just Can't Hold His Liquor until season 4 when he gets massively drunk.
- One episode of Reno 911! has Clementine get drunk from drinking at Kimball's Christian singles mixer what is revealed to be non-alcoholic beer.
- Eureka has this exchange between Zoe and Vincent, which is then followed by a standard sympathetic-bartender conversation. She's drinking milkshakes.
Zoe: Hit me.
Vincent: I'm cuttin' you off. I think three is your limit.
Zoe: I don't pay you to think, I pay you to pour.
- Mork of Mork & Mindy gets drunk quickly on ginger ale. Most likely another Bizarre Alien Biology case.
- In one Monk novel, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, Monk gets himself into a hangover of Sierra Springs water.
- In an episode of Night Court, when Christine and Roz go to a bar, Christine drinks Roz' signature drink. Typically, Christine makes an ass of herself. Later when she asks "What was in those things?" it turns out it was pineapple juice and soda water.
- In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Gamera vs. Zigra Joel and the bots throw a root beer kegger—and get just as drunk as they would drinking real alcohol.
- In one episode of Bottom, Richie needs a quick shot of booze to settle his nerves. Eddie gives him a shot of Tizer (a soft drink), which does the trick anyway.
- In an episode of Murphy Brown, Miles gets "drunk" off of punch that he assumes must be full of alcohol. There wasn't a drop of anything remotely alcoholic in that punch.
- A pub sketch from A Bit of Fry and Laurie has Hugh go off on a long series of inebriated complaints about his wife after having several glasses of ribena (blackcurrant cordial).
- Saturday Night Live: The first episode after the 2012 election (hosted by Anne Hathaway) showed Mitt Romney (Jason Sudeikis) actually sneaking milk on the balcony as the news breaks that he has lost the election. Bonus points because Romney is Mormon. And the pop-top sound effect when he opens up the carton.
- Ta'Ra of the short-lived Something Is Out There got drunk on caffeine due to Bizarre Alien Biology.
- In an episode of The Golden Girls, Dorothy is sitting in a hotel bar, working up the courage to crash her ex-husband's wedding to his new wife and tell his she still has feelings for him (she doesn't go through with it.) While sitting there, she asks the bartender to "give her another." At first he resists, but when Dorothy insists, he simply says to not blame him when she gets sick, and... puts another bowl of popcorn in front of her.
- A placebo effect variation in The Big Bang Theory: Raj is unable to talk to women without consuming alcohol. While on a train in one episode, the boys are surprised when Summer Glau boards, and begin hitting on her. Raj grabs a beer and actually has a great amount of success. Unfortunately, it turns out that the beer is non-alcoholic, and when Howard points this out Raj immediately freezes up again.
- Another example of a placebo effect in Grounded for Life; during St. Patrick's Day the Red Butte Pub has ran out of alcohol. Eddie tries to remedy the situation by serving non-alcoholic beer and convinces people they're drunk which works for a while until the customers overhear it's non-alcoholic. One of Brad's friends is convinced he's drunk he starts hitting on Lilly.
- Played with on the series finale of The IT Crowd, in which milk is used as prop wine.
- Sesame Street: Cookie Monster, in an interview with Stephen Colbert as part of his "A Cookie is a Sometime Food" campaign, admits to having had "crazy times" in the 70s and 80s, comparing himself to Robert Downey Jr.
- Moone Boy: Stressed by his parents fighting at home, Padraic takes to drinking undiluted Ribena (a British blackcurrant soft drink) straight from the bottle.
- Bye Bye Birdie:
Mrs. MacAfee: Hugo, what have you been drinking?
- After underage Hugo Peabody fails to get served at Maude's, he staggers on the next scene, seemingly drunk.
Hugo: Milk. But it worked!'
- When he's trying to get served at Maude's, he uses some terminology that makes it very clear he doesn't know what he's talking about, including asking for a "rocks on the scotch, and put some rocks in it" and a "vodka malted."
- The Bookof Mormon: In the second act, Elder Price gets drunk on coffee.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Gorman does this and lampshades it in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, as seen in the quote up top. Downplayed in the Japanese version, where it's hinted that the beverage has liquor as one of its ingredients.
- In fact, Majora's Mask 3D takes it a step further, as you can find Gorman completely hungover in the morning of the Second Day, after a night in the Latte Milk Bar.
- In Phantom Hourglass, there's a milk bar on Mercay Island, where your adventure begins. Try to order something, and the bartender says Link is too young to drink there.
- In The Night of the Rabbit there is a mouse in the Hares Family's birthday party who gets drunk on coffee.
- Several of the protagonists of Persona 4 get drunk off of non-alcoholic beverages they get at a night club. Unusually, they were just hanging out, with no implications of drowning sorrows- they just happened to get drunk off of regular fruit drinks. It's only Yukiko, Rise and Teddie (the last of whom isn't human and could very well actually get drunk off nonalcoholic drinks) who get hammered, while everyone else is perfectly sober and wondering what happened to them. Even better, the sloshed ones don't know the drinks aren't alcoholic until after they're drunk, and in-story the others speculated that it's either a placebo effect or a result of "the atmosphere". This also happens in the Anime of the Game, except the main character also gets hit by the effects. Or at least pretended to (with him it's hard to tell).
- Taken literally in Retro City Rampage, where drinking milk from the milk bar severely distorts your vision, while drinking a cup of hot coffee restores it.
- Soda Popinski and his bottles of soda in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!. In the original NES game, it was more of a Frothy Mugs of Water scenario (with his name getting changed from Vodka Drunkenski, his name in the arcade, and just plain old booze), but the Wii remake ran with the soda angle and made it vague whether he was getting drunk or high from his drinking (the remake plays his drinking for laughs by noting he trains by hauling crates full of soda, which he then proceeds to down by the ton). Either way, he retains enough of his Lightning Bruiser skills to still be a tough opponent.
- The Sims uses juices and nectar as a substitute for alcohol. Interestingly, most of them don't actually cause drunken behavior. Drinking much from the Juice Keg however does cause clumsiness and loss of inhibition as one would expect.
- In the American version of Skies of Arcadia the drink of choice in most taverns is loqua, which is supposed to be simply flavored juice. There are plenty of people around the world that are VERY happy with their juice. In the original Japanese, it's simply wine
- In Bar Oasis, although very rare, it's possible to get drunk on nothing but Cinderellas and Shirley Temples.
- The Genie in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow gets drunk off of mint. It's one of the tells for when he's around in disguise, and one his master will berate him for.
- In Freedom Wars, there are two substances prisoners like to imbibe in; one's a beverage that can make one tipsy, and the other is a highly addictive white powder. They are not alcohol and cocaine, as neither substance exists anymore. Rather, it's salted seltzer water and sugar.
- The Bartender in Citizens of Earth actually sells soda, not alcohol, but given how the soda works the difference might as well not exist: drinking soda will give a character a strong buff or restore a large amount of energy, and then cause debuffs a few turns later (unless you manage to win the battle before this happens, which will get you the advantages of the drink without the disadvantages). This is explained in-game as being a "sugar crash", which is a G-rated way of saying "hangover".
- Implied to be the case in Mario Party 2 where in the Western Land board, passing by the milk bar gives you the option of inviting all players to a hootenanny (basically warping all players to the bar). After the hootenanny is done, the player who started it is sitting on the ground in a daze.
- Homestar Runner:
- The Strong Bad e-mail personal favorites finds Strong Bad remembering a time where he "drank a glass of soy sauce and thought [he] could fly Bubs' Concession Stand."
- In the same e-mail, The Cheat also gets drunk on soy sauce and tries to eat Bubs' Concession Stand.
- Another e-mail has Strong Bad performing a science experiment of the effects of caffeine on Strong Sad. So he slips "a few heaping spoonfuls" of Sanka — instant decaf — into Strong Sad's orange juice, and the few tiny grams of caffeine immediately sends Strong Sad into a caffeinated blitz; you'd think he's inhaled a kilo of cocaine or something.
- In an extrascene from Decline of Video Gaming which lampshades the creators' English accents, by having them act in a sufficiently stereotypical manner. Tom claims that they are incredibly drunk, only to be told by Dim that the wine is only Ribena. This ends poorly for Dim.
- Button's Adventures: Button Mash gets plastered on apple juice while drunkenly having a reassuring argument with Neon Lights. Turns out Button can't hold his apple juice.
- Happens with Pepsi in this VG Cats comic. Leo says it's "like, symbolic and stuff".
- Happens on multiple occasions with orange soda in Housepets!, much to the surprise and confusion of some of the characters.
Miles: I must say, I did not expect intoxication was possible from a can of orange soda.
- Narbonic's Dave Davenport can get stone drunk on half a glass of vanilla Coke. (And pathos.)
- Robin of Shortpacked! (a sugar-powered super speedster) apparently drowns her sorrows by drinking Hi-C and getting on those 25¢ animal-or-vehicle-moves-back-and-forth-for-a-couple-of-minutes rides outside stores.
- New Year's gets a new spin in this Life in the Analog Age comic.
- In Questionable Content, Raven once told a story about getting drunk on eleven Shirley Temples. She is then informed that said drink is non-alcoholic.
Raven: Really? Well, there goes my excuse for dancing topless on the coffee table and making out with some random girl, then.
- In one Arthur, King of Time and Space strip manic-depressive teetotaller Lancelot stops at a tavern and orders a milk. "And leave the bottle."
- Homestuck has Terezi and her dangerous reaction to Faygo soda. Her reaction to the overly-sugary soda is akin to an all-out bender, including massive hangovers.
- White Dark Life: Caroline gets intoxicated off of coffee or other sources of high caffeine by proxy of being a drider. Devin, the other drider of the comic, however has built up a tolerance for it so as not to ruin her human disguise.
- In The New Adventures of Captain S, the eponymous captain drowns his sorrows in milkshakes after losing his powers and failing to save videoland, complete with bartender cutting him off.
- In the Double Toasted review of the aforementioned Big Hero 6, they parodied the "low battery" scene, with (among other things) the added implication that Baymax saw Aunt Cass as a Stacy's Mom.
Martin as Baymax: [slurring] Your aunt has a nice ass, you know that? Tell her I want to talk to her.
Korey as Baymax: [slurring] What a fine-ass auntie of yours. Been tryin' to fuck that bitch for two days or nuthin'...
- An artist by the name of Liednar draws mystical animal characters who can become drunk off of SODA. The reason? The mystic animals can't handle the carbonation of the drink. Hilarity ensues!
- The Nostalgia Critic:
Ed: Um dude, don't you think you've had enough?
- He does this at one point to spoof the pointlessness of the bar scene in Jack. He goes through the standard I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough! conversation, spanks a stuffed monkey and then apologizes to it, declaring it his best friend, and then bemoans having drunk the 2%.
- He also did a similar joke in his review of Good Burger when Dexter's Drowning His Sorrows in shakes.
Nostalgia Critic as Dexter: Don't tell me when I've had enough shakes! I'll tell you when I've had enough sha-ha-ha... I'm sorry, I didn't mean to snap at you... I'll chase it down with some fries.
- 90s Kid from Atop the Fourth Wall gets drunk off of Diet Coke after Rob Liefeld quits the comic business.
- Link getting drunk from Lon Lon milk is an element of some fanfics, fanart and flash videos.
- On Arthur, Buster has drowned his sorrows in chocolate shakes on more than one occasion.
- In one episode of Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, Love-a-Lot, bummed out because Cheer apparently forgot her birthday, drowns her sorrows with cups of hot chocolate. After her fourth cup, Funshine asks her if she's had enough.
- Clone High:
- In one episode all of the students get drunk at a party by drinking non-alcoholic beer.
- In another episode, most of the characters get high off of raisins. By the end of the episode, Larry Hardcore reveals that raisins actually CAN'T get you high, and that the episode's Mushroom Sambas were "all in your heads." Then Gandhi flies by on an Australian dragon...
- Taken to an extreme on Codename: Kids Next Door where sodas and root beer are treated as if they were alcoholic beverages, even sporting a legal drinking age of 13.
- One Cow and Chicken short ends with the Red Guy at a "Milk Bar" drowning his sorrows in milk after Context losing Cow as both a lounge singer and milk provider for his own bar.
- In Food Fight, the protagonist drowns his sorrows with milk.
- In an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Mac is depressed and goes to an ice cream shop and orders a sundae. However, being one of those kids who's not allowed to have sugar, he goes completely drunk (a la Spongebob) and has even more ice cream. He leaves with a hangover.
- An episode of Freakazoid! had his then-sidekick hospitalized with a minor injury. Freakazoid proceeded to drown his sorrows in papaya smoothies.
Freakazoid: ...give me another one.Barman: Hey, slow down, Mr. F. It's not like Expendable Lad's dead or anything, he's just in the hospital with a bruised clavicle.Freakazoid: I said give me another one, curse your tiny paper hat! If I wanna blitz myself into some papaya-induced hallucination, that's my business.
- Gravity Falls:
- In the episode "The Golf War", when Mabel finds out her animal fashion designs didn't get into the newspaper, she forlornly sits at a table and knocks back a glass of orange juice.
- In "Mabel's Guide to Color", Grenda drinks from a bottle of expired milk, proclaims to see rainbows, and then passes out.
- During the season one finale "Gideon Rising", after Stan has resolved to send Mabel and Dipper back home after he loses the Mystery Shack, he goes to Greasy's Diner and asks for a glass of "your strongest, most expired cider". This is more gratuitous than other examples in this folder, simply because apple cider does actually ferment into alcohol long enough past its expiration date.
- Gumby may be the Ur-Example, if not the Trope Maker. The little clay boy falls off the milkshake wagon more than once; since he's made of clay, the icy cold confections leave him stiff as a board if he overindulges. "You know what happens if you drink too much ..."
- Subverted in the Hey Arnold! movie. When Arnold and Gerald follow the bad guy's goons into a place that says Must Be 21 to Enter, they're drinking a milk in what appears to be a vodka bottle.
- On Home Movies, Jason acts like an angry problem drinker when he binges on candy.
- In episode 5 of The Legend of Korra, Bolin gets "drunk" on noodles after he sees Korra kiss Mako and gets very sad. The next day he acts hungover, so his "drunkenness" was probably a mixture of lack of sleep, gorging himself, and hysterical sobbing.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: K'nuckles gets drunk on maple syrup. At least, that's what the label on the bottle says...
- There's an example of this in the episode "In Like Flint" from Oban Star Racers. Even though she won the rematch against Grooor, Don Wei said her manner of racing had disgraced the team and they would be dropping out. Molly ran out and the next we see her, she's at the local bar with four empty drink pouches sitting in front of her.
Molly: Another grenadine milk! Pronto!
Skrub Bartender: Maybe you should stop. You know what they say, "don't drink milk and drive".
Molly: Listen, pal! I already got a father!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic :
- In "The Best Night Ever", Spike is feeling left out after his friends split up at the Grand Galloping Gala, and near the end of the episode he's seen drowning his sorrows... in donuts and hot chocolate.
Spike: Hey, Pony Joe, another donut.
Pony Joe: Don't you think you've had enough?
Spike: Another donut! EXTRA SPRINKLES!
- In "Over a Barrel" we see a pony who's had a few too many salt licks...
- In "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" we see ponies lined up for miles to get a frothy mug of nonalcoholic cider, showing just how serious they are about their drinking.
- In "The Best Night Ever", Spike is feeling left out after his friends split up at the Grand Galloping Gala, and near the end of the episode he's seen drowning his sorrows... in donuts and hot chocolate.
- In the Pinky and the Brain episode "This Old Mouse" has Brain drowning his sorrows in... water from the cage water bottle.
Pinky: Um... Brain... d-don't you think maybe you've had enough to drink?
Brain: Nag, nag, nag, just leave me be!
- In the third episode of The Powerpuff Girls (2016) Blossom and Buttercup are hungover due to binging on candy at a sleepover.
- In an episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show, Stimpy drowns his sorrows of having 2 of his 9 lives left in milk. Stimpy then exclaims to the cow bartender that he needs more, to which the cow replies, "Haven't you had enough? Moo."
- In Regular Show, they usually drink Soda like it were beer. In the karaoke episode, Mordecai and Rigby even seems to get drunk on karaoke night and they don't remember anything next Monday, and it's portrayed like a hangover. Hot wings also have the same effect. Many a wild night is kicked off by a basket of wings, which also causes a drunken frenzy as well as a hangover the night after.
- Rocko's Modern Life:
- In an episode Heffer finds out that he was adopted, and goes off in search of his real father (who turns out to be a real Jerkass). He finds himself at a diner (clearly a Shout-Out to the famous "Nighthawks" painting), and orders tons of food. (Again complete with telling the man behind the counter, I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!)
- In another episode, Rocko and Heffer take Filbert to an ice cream parlor for his bachelor party... and wind up with an ice cream hangover (and only minutes to spare to get to the wedding.)
- The Simpsons:
Lisa: Tsk, tsk, tsk. The remorse of the sugar junkie.
- Happened when Bart and Milhouse buy a Squishy that is all syrup, and proceed to get "drunk" from the extreme sugar rush. Bart wakes up the next morning with a hangover, and discovers to his horror that he joined the Junior Campers (Boy Scout expies) during their binge. His sister offers No Sympathy. In the same episode, Milhouse (who also drank that same Squishy with Bart) woke up with a profanity shaved into the back of his head.
- Somehow, in another episode detailing the life of Lisa's Saxaphone Mentor, Bleeding Gums Murphy, we find that he spent all of his earnings from his one record on Fabergé Eggs, which is treated like an addiction to alcohol, complete with him telling the man at the store "I'll tell you when I've had enough!".
- When Homer and Barney join NASA, Barney excels while sober but becomes instantly drunk with a single glass of non-alcoholic champagne.
- Also with Lisa drinking milk at Moe's in "The Burns and the Bees". Moe was reluctant to give her the keys to her bike-lock, he wasn't even sure why he had them in the first place.
- "The Kid is All Right" takes this to new levels. A despondent Lisa starts drowning her sorrows at Maggie's play-tavern, and gets drunk through the act of pretending to drink imaginary beer through pantomime. She gets so hammered, that Maggie stops "serving" her and has her banned from the play-tavern.
- They don't get visibly drunk from it, but when the SWAT Kats throw themselves down on the sofa and pop open a couple of cans of condensed milk (being, after all, cats), they certainly treat it as if they are about to down a few brewskis; this seems to apply across the series, as Mayor Manx once christened a new fighter jet with a bottle of milk.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongebob passes out from a glass of milk in an episode. (Well actually, this was his "ancestor".)
- In Teen Titans, after the car Cyborg built from scratch is stolen, Raven finds him in a parking lot surrounded by about 15 empty milkshakes, the non-alcoholic version of Drowning My Sorrows.
- In the Time Squad episode "Pasteur's Packs O' Punch", Larry 3000 starts going through wild mood swings after getting electrocuted, including acting like a surly drunk, impersonating Jerry Lewis, and dancing on a table while claiming to be "the Queen of France".
- In one old Tom and Jerry short, "Blue Cat Blues", Tom goes on a milk binge when depressed.
- In The Transformers episode "Microbots", the Decepticons drink energon straight from the cube, causing them to overload, the effects being similar to drunkenness.
- Oil is treated this way in Transformers Animated: the Constructicons (as construction worker stereotypes) treat it like brewskis, Megatron sips "fine vintages" of the stuff from a goblet (made from a crushed oil drum), and the Autobots even indulge in festive Christmas "oil nog."
- The VeggieTales episode "Silly Singalong 2: The End of Silliness?" opens with Larry, distraught over the cancellation of "Silly Songs with Larry", drowning his sorrows in ice cream. Then he gets a nasty ice cream headache.
- In the episode "Everybody Comes to Hank's" of The Venture Bros., sheltered teen Hank is playing make-believe as a Hardboiled Detective. Propping his feet on his desk, he pours a glass of amber drink from a crystal decanter and downs it with a wince and an exclamation of "Smooth!" His more "mature" teenaged friend Dermott is excited at the prospect of some spirits, but...
Dermott: What is this, apple juice?
Hank: Only the best.
- Wonder why kids get drowsy and "drunk" when fed milk? It is because milk contained tryptophan, a vital ingredient for the manufacture of two important neurotransmitters: melatonin, in the pineal gland that regulates the circadian sleep cycle and therefore puts you to proper sleep, and serotonin, the "contentment" neurotransmitter as vital as dopamine and that which antidepressants try to increase the amount of in the brain. However, the effect was greatly diminished in adults, hence alcohol.
- This is actually possible in real life. Thanks to Pavlovian conditioning and the placebo effect, drinks that "look" alcoholic but really aren't can easily make people feel loaded:
- An experiment involved giving free beer at a student party, without telling the students the beer was alcohol-free, of course. Afterwards, the party-goers were questioned. Almost all of them said to be at least tipsy or not able to drive safely any more. They were very surprised when an alcohol test was done and it showed they hadn't drunk any alcohol at all. In fact, they showed all traditional behavioral symptoms of drunkenness, which cleared up instantly when they found out they were technically sober. This is also why, in fact, how somebody behaved when drunk can be different depending on the culture; people who believe they're drunk will act like they believe drunks do. Giving people alcohol-free booze just takes it meta. It's even been observed on This Very Wiki with the My Immortal drinking game anecdotes. If the stories are to be believed, despite the fact that many of the participants are just drinking water, quite a few people got drunk.
- See here for a scientific experiments conducted on how the illusion of being drunk can affect your memory.
- Water intoxication is a real phenomenon. Although in most cases, it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin and will make you sick rather than drunk.
- Water intoxication can kill you, as its effects arise from diluting your body fluids to such a degree that your neurons can't fire as easily as they ought to. Deaths from hypotonic hydration are most common among sufferers of senile dementia, as they keep going back for a glass of water on hot days, over and over, unable to remember that they've already ingested gallons of it. But for healthy adults, deadly water intoxication rarely happens, and usually occurs when the person drinks huge amounts of water and doesn't let their body dispose of it. And that's why radio stations don't host "Hold your pee to win!" contests anymore...
- One man could actually get drunk off of anything with lots of starch (bread, pasta, soda, etc.), thanks to his digestive system acting as a makeshift brewery.
- There are quite some alcoholic beverages based on milk.
- Rookie stoners can be like this, specially in their first time. In most cases people don't get high in their first time, but some teens, trying to merge with the rest, act as they were at the highest points of the scale of stonedness, sometimes describing their "wild hallucinations". It's a common stoner prank to give fake weed (Like oregano) to first time smokers and see their reaction.
- Excessive sugar in a drink can also have a similar effect, when the drinker crashes from the sugar high. Naturally, kids are susceptible to this.
- Occasionally the cast of The Goon Show, a 1950s radio programme, would say something along the lines of "round the back for the old milk there", it was explained later that some of the cast would lace bottles of milk with alcohol to hide the fact they would sneak a drink during recording, the fact they would keep the joke in indicates the producers never realised our they were discovered and used it as an in-joke to announce an interval.