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->''"In victory, you deserve champagne; in defeat, you need it."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte'''

Ever just have one of ''those'' days? Where things just go FromBadToWorse? [[DisasterDominoes Everything that could go wrong does go wrong]]? Does [[CosmicPlaything the entire universe]] [[ButtMonkey have it in for you]]? Or have you just had enough of being SurroundedByIdiots?

That's when you just say to yourself (or whoever happens to overhear)..."[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I need a freaking drink.]]"

This comes in one of three flavors:
* Someone recites this phrase, or a variant thereof; usually omitting the "freaking" or replacing it with [[PrecisionFStrike something else]], or
* Someone reaches for the nearest alcoholic beverage, or if he is currently holding one, will [[QuickNip down the rest of it in the blink of an eye]].
* Someone discards the alcoholic beverage to grab one of greater volume and/or potency.
** Alternatively, they may [[CutASliceTakeTheRest pour a glass, pause, and then drink straight from the bottle]].

While this is similar to DrowningMySorrows, this is only a temporary solution. If the situation is especially bad, the drink can incite the same reaction as the {{Beergasm}}. Once they have the freaking drink, they're back on their feet with their head securely attached and ready to get back to business. Someone who needs a freaking drink will never have a BeardOfSorrow, either. If they need nicotine to go with their alcohol they may opt for a CigaretteOfAnxiety.

Like with a PrecisionFStrike for a character that rarely swears, seeing TheTeetotaler or a likewise StraightEdge person engaging in this kind of behavior, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness is a surefire sign that things have gotten really serious]].

Contrast NoMoreForMe and LiquidCourage. Also see GiganticGulp. Occasionally, the drink [[DrunkOnMilk might be milk]] or [[SpotOfTea tea]] for Brits.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Fujisawa-sensei from the ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' OAV has a moment like this when he realizes that he and his student Makoto [[NotInKansasAnymore aren't at Shininome High School anymore]] and scrambles for both a cigarette and a nip from his handy flask:
-->'''Fujisawa-sensei:''' You saw him, too? I thought I had the [=DTs=]. I need a cigarette... Everything's fine, relax, stay cool... (''takes a long drag'') That's it, a drink! That'll calm my nerves. Where is it? Ahh... ''(sees empty flask)'' Ahh, gone! No drink?! I need a drink! I can't live without it!\\
'''Makoto:''' Sensei...\\
(''[[TheScream woman heard screaming off-camera]]'')\\
'''Makoto:''' Hey!\\
'''Fujisawa-sensei:''' Oh, shit! Someone else is out of alcohol!
* From ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': "It's always hard being a grown up. That's what alcohol's for."
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Louise sees her familiar/servant/friend/love interest/(It's complicated!), Saito in a hot bath (heavily improvised, late at night, and out in school grounds) she angrily stormed off (all the while making herself even angrier by insisting to herself she had no reason to be angry) and grabbed a drink about to be ingested by another student. Through a long series of events (irrelevent to this example) the drink was spiked with a love potion (that also seriously altered her personality, apparently...) and only made the issue worse... for everyone.
* ''Anime/ProjectAko'': Captain Napolipolita was such a nervous wreck her bottle ran dry ''before'' her spaceship arrived on Earth. The dub employs the trope without the F-word while the original Japanese had her screaming for sake. Her situation does not appear to improve much after her ship becomes stranded on Earth.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', there are few situations that warrant a drink more than being in the grip of a Titan. To emphasize the cruelty of the series, one guy who is in this situation finds a bottle of good wine and tries to have one last drink...[[YankTheDogsChain but the bottle is empty]].
* ''[[Manga/YuushaGojoKumiaiKouryuugataKeijiban Hero Union BBS]]'':
** One thread is about a kogal (in this case, an airheaded one) and a samurai who are paired together and given guns in poor condition in order to fight the dark lord. In response to the duo's ignorant actions with the firearms, one hero, a serious assassin, finally breaks down and says, "Screw it, I'm drinking! I can't handle this!"
** Oracle Hero was so fed up with the way his adventure was turning out that he made a rant thread titled, "I can't keep this up without drinking", got completely drunk, then spammed his thread so much that it crashed the entire board.
** A RunningGag involving Shrine Maiden Princess has her claiming to need her "restoratives" whenever she gets sufficiently stressed out or bewildered by the contents of the current thread. If she does actually leave to get them, she will always return totally hammered.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' gives us [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=12389 Fleeting Image]]. It starts out as NoMoreForMe. But when the floating thing ''comes back'', he decides trying to sober up didn't help.
-->''Horas swore off drinking, but after meeting the creature a second time he decided he'd better start again.''

* Dr. Conway (known as Uncle Kage) was talking about his woes with the [[BlandNameProduct "ABC" Security Company]] -- then he slipped and said the company's ''real'' name [[spoiler:(ADT)]]. While he usually sips wine from a glass throughout his show, after that goof he chugged straight from the bottle, much to the amusement of the audience.
* KathyGriffin's mother's reaction to hearing that Kathy would be going on a cruise with lesbians and their children: "I need a drink!" *click*

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The guidance counsellor in ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' does this in response to the students' crazy personalities/aspirations. This being ''Archie'' of course, he goes to [[BrandX Generic Pepto-Bismol]] to deal with the stomach ulcers caused by the stress rather than alcohol. He's typically downing an entire bottle of the stuff by the end of one of his stories, if not by the middle.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin's teacher Miss Wormwood has done this at least once. She also variously downs antacid medicine, coffee, and large quantities of cigarettes. But with [[BrattyHalfPint Calvin]] in front of her for several hours every day, who wouldn't...
-->'''Calvin:''' Does her doctor know she mixes all those medicines?
* In the [=PSmIth=] arc of ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'', Der Rock the Destroyer ends up making [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20071011 a big order]] at the bar after getting OutGambitted by the hero.
-->'''Der Rock:''' You. Get me a drink. Make it large, strong, to go and put it on Godot's tab.
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': Captain Cold needs a damn beer.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'':
** A great inversion of this during the original "Armor Wars" story arc: "Even though I've never wanted a drink more... I've never needed one less."
** During ''ComicBook/FearItself'', [[spoiler:the Grey Gargoyle's slaughter of Paris forces him back into alcoholism, not helped by enabling dwarves and endless amounts of mead.]]
* From ''Comicbook/{{Nextwave}}'', "My robot brain needs beer."
* Most Creator/WarrenEllis characters are like this, actually. Special notice should go to [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} Spider Jerusalem]], who, after finding out that the President is out to kill him, walks into a bar and orders 37 shots of whiskey. Earlier, after a particularly frustrating episode, he produces a shot, downs it in a blink, then shatters the shot glass against the wall (later on, his assistants copy the move perfectly at a bar to vent their own stress).
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** Captain Haddock is like this [[TheAlcoholic all the time]]. Of course, he runs around with a danger-prone reporter who's probably wanted in several countries, so this is not surprising.
** Tintin usually abstains, but even he ends up draining a bottle after he's sentenced to death by FiringSquad. [[WhatDidIDoLastNight He's completely puzzled when he wakes up the next day dressed as a colonel]] in the revolutionary government that has just seized power.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' CharlieAndTheChocolateParody, Krusty starts his promotional tour of his new merchandise factory (after initially forgetting about it and sleeping in) with a look at a cyborg monkey-run assembly line.
-->'''Barney:''' Is there anything to drink?\\
'''Krusty:''' You bet, and I'm going to need it after this death march.
* In''[[ComicBook/AtomicRobo Atomic Robo: The Shadow Beyond Time]]'', this is Creator/CarlSagan's response to encountering an EldritchAbomination:
-->'''Sagan:''' I require a stiff drink. Several of them, in fact. Enough to paralyze a cow.
* ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' has a scene where Wayne and Ken converse in Ken's living room. Diane offers Wayne a beer, which he refuses. She violently demonstrates that [[spoiler:she is a reviver]] and he accepts the drink.
* ComicBook/RedSonja is frequently shown arriving in town, heading to the nearest bar, and drinking just to deal with the difficulties of getting to the town. She lands the trope line when she arrives in New York and starts wandering Harlem trying to figure out what a modern tavern looks like.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'':
** [[TheHero Beren]] ''often'' expresses that need in the Halls of Mandos. [[StarCrossedLovers The sheer weirdness and tragedy of his and his wife’s situation]] is too mind-screwing to cope without alcohol.
--->'''Beren:''' ''[shaking his head]'' If I was alive I would say this needs a drink to make any sense out of.
** [[PhysicalGod Tulkas]] also needs a drinking after an argument with [[TheWildHunt Orome]]:
--->'''Orome:''' ''[shaking his head]'' What my sister sees in you I will never know.\\
'''Tulkas:''' That's pretty good, actually. —I need a drink to clear my mind.\\
'''Orome:''' You always need a drink, if that's the case.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** [[WordOfGod Strypgia]] [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/posts/2137040/ said]] that [[TheProfessor Ritsuko]] would need a whole bottle of vodka after seeing both [[HumongousMecha Unit 01 and 02]] [[spoiler:awakening and going [[TheBerserker berserker]]]] given the implications of the fact.
** In chapter 8 Asuka and Shinji carry out a plan to let Misato know they are together and get her to accept they are also sleeping together and they will not stop. Every step of that plan (involving Strip Chess, foot massages and Shinji and Asuka swapping roles) invariably gets Misato craving for alcohol. Plenty of it.
--->'' 'I need a beer, right away...' Misato stumbled her way back to the kitchen.''\\
''"Hey, Misato! We saved the world yesterday! Can we have a raise in our allowance?" Asuka called after her.''\\
'' 'A lot of beer...' ''
* ''Fanfic/AGemInTheRough'': Zoro discovers that he is not old enough to legally drink in Beach City. This displeases him greatly.
---> '''Priyanka Maheswaran''': "In our...dimension...you need to be at least twenty-one to drink alcohol!"
---> '''Roronoa Zoro''': "...kill me...kill me slowly..."
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/373529/chapters/608972 Amateur Theatrics]]'': Agent Coulson leaves to get a drink after having to tell Fury about a spectacularly bad mission that ended with Steve [[DePower depowered]], Tony [[GenderBender gender bent]], Natasha and Bruce [[FreakyFridayFlip body switched]], Loki an [[LossOfIdentity amnesiac]] [[FountainOfYouth child]], and Thor [[ConvenientComa in a coma]] (Clint ends up being left in charge purely because he's the only one who hasn't had any crazy shit happen to him).
* ''FanFic/BringMeAllYourElderly'': Both [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zuko]] and his movie counterpart, Z-Patel, visit a bar for similar reasons: the former just found out he's a cartoon character, while the latter is coming to grips that he's a good actor stuck in [[Film/TheLastAirbender a bad adaptation]].
* ''Fanfic/DiplomaticRelations'': Kankuro and Temari's reaction when they discover their [[spoiler: younger brother Gaara]] making out with [[spoiler: Rock Lee]].
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Misato being [[FunctionalAddict Misato]], this trope naturally comes up quite a lot:
** After several instances of [[PeggySue her pilots behaving oddly]] Misato demands an explanation. Before explaining things, Asuka suggests her picking a beer first:
-->''Asuka smiled sadly. "Knew you'd figure it out sooner or later. You might wanna grab a beer for this."''
** As she is listening to their story about futures gone awfully wrong and TimeTravel, Misato decides a beer is not enough:
-->''Misato tossed back the whiskey she'd poured herself after realising beer just wasn't going to cut it tonight.''
** And then the next day, when she finds out about Ritsuko and Maya's RelationshipUpgrade:
--> ''Misato suddenly wished she hadn't promised Shinji she'd stop drinking beer with her breakfast.''
** Later that chapter, even ''Gendo'' gets in on it after a confrontation with Misato:
--> ''Once he was alone in his office again, Gendo opened the bottom drawer of his desk and took out a bottle of inexpensive bourbon. He had what he liked to consider highly refined tastes in liquor and didn't normally drink this sort of thing, but a man of highly refined tastes in liquor didn't waste the good stuff by slopping two fingers into a cheap plastic tumbler and tossing it back in one swallow just because he'd had an exhausting meeting.''\\
''And this had been a'' very ''exhausting meeting.''
** And this list will only get longer.
* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'': Many of the adult Smurfs end up having Tapper's sarsaparilla ale instead of smurfberry wine after [[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels witnessing Smurfette marrying Papa Smurf in an alternate timeline]]. In the normal timeline story "Papa's Big Crush", Duncan [=McSmurf=] goes with Tapper to the tavern for a drink to get the thoughts of Smurfette with Papa Smurf out of his mind.
* ''FanFic/{{Eternity}}'': The reason for Jun'you's heavy drinking habit is that she was one of the very few who fought Enterprise and lived to tell about it. For refenrence, When Enterprise, now Yonaga after serving Japan for decades, looks at the mirror and sees her Pacific War-self, she sees herself as a Wo-Class. Thankfully, the years after the War greately mellowed her out.
* ''[[FanFic/TheDarknessSeries Harry Potter and the Descent into Darkness]]'': Snape, after he learns that [[FaceHeelTurn Harry is a Dark Wizard and allied with Voldemort.]]
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': Professor [=McGonagall=] goes into the bar for a drink after a long day of taking Harry shopping for school supplies. ''[[JustifiedTrope This]] [[InsufferableGenius is]] [[WeirdnessMagnet perfectly]] [[TheChessmaster justified]].''
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': When Misato realizes her wards Shinji and Asuka have just had sex her immediate reaction is to reach for a beer and pray to the gods of birth control.
%% * A ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' fic features ''Carth'' of all people saying something to this effect.
* ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'' has a couple of examples:
** [[NotSoStoic Tywin Lannister]] is so overwhelmed by the [[HumiliationConga incredibly poor circumstances]] that his children and grandson's actions have put the family in by the end of the first book, that he starts downing wine in large capacities. Tyrion is seriously freaked out by seeing this.
** Tyrion himself gets a moment of this when he arrives in King's Landing in ''A Crack of Thunder''. He's so overwhelmed by the sheer stupidity of the Small Council just accepting [[spoiler: Sansa Stark "[[CameBackWrong miraculously]]" coming BackFromTheDead]] and justifying it with some half-assed excuses, that he just grabs a wine bottle and starts guzzling straight from it.
** Stannis' reaction to [[spoiler: seeing Thor fly]] later on in ''A Crack of Thunder'' is to drain a tankard of ale with such gusto that it's noted Robert is probably looking down on him from the Seven Heavens with pride.
* Small colorful horses have a way of driving those around them to drink. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' includes two examples in the show and a ''lot'' in its fan works, including, among many others:
** In ''Fanfic/TheBalladOfTwilightSparkle'', Twilight Sparkle has this reaction to a movie studio's legal team trying to intimidate her into signing over the rights to her likeness for a movie the Great and Powerful Trixie is making. It probably didn't help that Twilight had thoroughly embarrassed herself in front of Trixie several times earlier in the fic.
** ''[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/story-once-bitten-twice-shy.html Once Bitten, Twice Shy]]'' gave this reaction to ''[[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]]'' of all ponies on a disastrous [[NotADate not-date]] with Twilight Sparkle. After one setback, Rarity gives her a glass of wine to help get her confidence up. Following a particularly stressful incident, Fluttershy ''drains'' most of the wine bottle and has to be magically sobered up before she's able to stand, let alone go back into the restaurant.
** In ''Fanfic/DitzyDoosDismallyDerpyDay'', Big Macintosh says that if Ditzy were to die, "Ah might just have to break my own rule against Gran'pappy Moonshine's blastin' hooch. Don't think there's nothing else that could dull that hurt."
** ''Fanfic/{{Windfall}}'' sees Nurse Redheart requiring a long pull of Granny Smith's "special" cider after having to deal with [[ScreamingBirth an outburst from mother-to-be]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Fluttershy]], which according to WordOfGod included a dose of [[DeathGlare "The Stare"]].
** ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'':
*** [[DiscOneFinalBoss Diamond Tiara]], when [[MadScientist Professor Destiny]] blows her plan to tie up the Harmony Harness in a duel over patent rights by instead staking the royal charter on a race, grabs a glass of champagne and chugs it.
*** When Shining Armor realizes he has to tell Princess Celestia that the Flim-Flam brothers have escaped ''[[PlotArmor again]]'' and turned one of her officers [[ItMakesSenseInContext into a giant grape]], he pulls out a bottle of liquor and a shot glass. Then he puts away the glass and chugs the bottle.
** ''Fanfic/DuelNature'': Luna's revelation that the theories he's developed over fifteen years of study are completely wrong, that he's misidentified an artifact of world shaking power as an ashtray, and that the ancient religious document he's spent the last month trying to decipher [[spoiler: is actually an ancient takeout menu]] prompt Buried Secrets to start taking pulls from a hip flask in the middle of the afternoon.
** ''Fanfic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'': According to one biographer, when [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Puddinghead]] finally won the chancellorship, her father responded by drinking heavily for almost ''a week''.
** Rarity and the protagonist constantly do this after their dealings with Cashmere in ''Fanfic/SophisticationAndBetrayal''. At one point Cashmere even offers them a drink for that very purpose.
** Fluttershy and Princess Luna, at two different points, find themselves in need of alcohol in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/71788/the-model-caretaker The Model Caretaker]]''. Fluttershy steals Fleur de Lis' glass of red wine after Fleur kisses her and asks her out (though this is pretty much the culmination of a somewhat stressful ComingOutStory on Fluttershy's part), and Luna asks for one after finding out just how badly managed Ponyville's disaster planning is.
** ''Blog/ReadingRainbowverse'':
*** Big Mac is reading ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''. His reaction is understandable.
*** Fluttershy also has this reaction when two of her co-judges spend their time arguing with each other rather then focusing on the Battle of the Pans.
** And one semi-meta example. ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'' sometimes does this to Loopers who end up in some strange variant or other universe, but only Equestria has a bar specifically for visiting loopers to do this, run by Big Mac and/or Berry Punch. On one occasion, Sleipnir, the admin for the Equestrian loops, joins in after having to personally rescue Twilight from a particularly horrifying loop.
** ''Fanfic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'': After her short arc in Neigh Orleans -- which included, among other things, being literally dragged through the bayou by her own magic -- Rarity decides to get "smashed off [her] plot" (her words) once back on her airship. Fortunately, her servants eventually switch out the champagne in her mimosas for ginger ale, keeping her from doing too much damage.
** ''Fanfic/RomanceAndTheFateOfEquestria'' uses this ''constantly'', starting in [[EstablishingSeriesMoment the very first chapter]] and remaining as a RunningGag throughout the story, sometimes PlayedForDrama. Fluttershy's relationship with Big Macintosh tends to be a source of these moments, from Applejack discovering he's a ChickMagnet, to Fluttershy calming her nerves on her first date with him, to Pinkie, Rarity, and Applejack taking shots of what turns out to be raspberry vinaigrette as more and more bombshells about a LoveTriangle are dropped.
** ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'': When [[spoiler: [[BigBad Tirac]]]]'s forces attack Ponyville, the Mayor's reaction is to get hammered, forcing Twilight to take over organizing the town's defenses.
** ''[[Fanfic/HarmonyAndValor Cultural Differences]]'': Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy decide to get out some booze and vodka after learning that [[spoiler:not only does Zephyr Breeze have a fillyfriend, she wants him to get a herd license to "spice things up."]]
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/237304/chapters/363777 The Big Reveal]]'', after finding out Creator/ColinMorgan has been replaced by his character Series/{{Merlin|2008}} in a RealWorldEpisode sort of thing, Creator/AnthonyHead reaches for a bottle of wine. He then puts it back down, stating he needs something stronger.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9767592/23/Minima-maxima-sunt Minima Maxima Sunt]]'': OC Jenny Anderson's reaction to her adopted stray dog turning into Sirius Black was "I need a drink, want one? I've got whiskey and brandy and wine..."
* ''Fanfic/NerveDamage'': This is Jordan Lionstone's reactions towards who his [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper serv]][[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte ants]] are, ''and'' his servant Archer's reaction ''towards him''.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'':
** A hilarious version. Shinji, on a whim, reveals the whole bit about "I'm a time traveler who's trying to change the past to atone for my mistakes"... to [[EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins PenPen]]. The bird's response?
--->([=PenPen=]) stared at his back for several long, long seconds before continuing into the kitchen, retrieving a can from Misato's stash, stopping in consideration, retrieving a second, and retreating into his fridge.\\
"Yeah" Shinji muttered as he stacked the plates in the dishwasher. "That's about what I thought you'd say".
** [[spoiler:Played straight with Kaji, who admits he needed several hours of hard drinking after getting proof of Shinji's claims of time-travel]].
* ''Fanfic/PastContinuous'': Eleya needs one, and offers one to Berat as an apology, after she mouths off to him. She also quotes a Bajoran poet as having said [[Creator/BenjaminFranklin "spring wine is the Prophets' way of showing us they love us."]]
* ''Fanfic/QueenOfTheSwarm'': In Spawn 1.05 Taylor tells her father about her fight against powerful super-villain Lung and her latest meeting with Emma (in which she learnt that her ex-friend bullied her because she was in fact psychologically ill). After hearing her daughter's stories, Danny decides that he needs alcohol, pronto.
-->Dad had gotten home just as I bade goodbye to the Barneses and I now had two long stories to tell him. By the end of the discussion, he needed some booze and I needed to relax.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11689576/9/Raptor Raptor]]'': Hermione takes to this after finally learning Harry's familiars are velociraptors.
* ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' ends with Will/Van asking for a bottle of wine to be opened when she hears that [[spoiler:Caleb is being chased, leading to the beginning of [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} the Guardians' adventures in Meridian]]]].
* ''Fanfic/RobbReturns'': This is the reaction of Rodrik Harlaw, his new wife Alys and Asha Greyjoy after they find out what the High Harlaw runes state.
* ''Saying I Will'', a ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fanfic, features this in the final major arc of the story: Byakuya drinks a 1000-year old Sake after finding out that [[spoiler: Ichigo is the deceased Soul King's nephew and is next in line for the throne. Made worse by the fact his reaction is all recorded on tape.]]
* ''Fanfic/SixDaysTheAnimorphsWereIdiots'': When her date with Visser Three goes to hell -- first his DNA allergy causes him to lose control of his morphing, and then the Animorphs show up -- Visser One downs an entire bottle of wine.
* ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs'': Brokosh's reaction to finding out he's in a StableTimeLoop is to ask if the tavern Ba'wov and K'Gan visited in the previous scene is still open.
* ''WebVideo/SuperTherapy'': In the episode "Avengers Therapy!", Dr. Lynn Matthews ends up taking a swig from Tony Stark's flask at the end of a session spent trying to convince Iron Man, Captain America and Thor to [[HypocriticalHumor lay off the drinking]].
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9068598/1/The-Morning-After The Morning After]]'': Odin asks for more wine after waking up from a coma when he finds out Loki has been in charge and has made several changes to Asgard, including instituting a parliamentary democracy, writing a constitution, setting up an electrical grid, and establishing banks (and bank holidays to go with them).
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4007457/1/The-Sleeper-Awakes The Sleeper Awakes]]'': This is [[Franchise/HarryPotter Percy Weasley's]] reaction to discovering that the Ministry is corrupt, Umbridge is persecuting innocent people, and Voldemort has the new Minister of Magic under the Imperius curse. Alberforth lets him get completely smashed because he knows that if Percy's incredibly drunk, the death eaters in the bar will overlook the anti-Ministry rant Percy goes on.
* ''ThisBites'':
** Cross and Nami get this sentiment when Luffy, Masira and Shoujou start singing in Chapter 27.
** Wiper gets this sentiment when he finds himself the OnlySaneMan in a Straw Hat party.
** Smoker, Hina, Tashigi and a visiting Captain T-Bone get this sentiment when [[DeadpanSnarker Su]] joins [[TheGadfly Soundbite]] [[spoiler:on Cross's SBS]] in Chapter 29.
** Mr. 5 gets this when they realize Su has joined Soundbite full-time [[spoiler:on the SBS]].
** Foxy shares a cask of rum with Apoo as he tells him exactly what kind of insanity he's getting into.
* ''Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky'': As Flynn's working on escaping his captors, he remarks to himself that he needs a nap, a cold beer, and a ''long'' talk with his wife; not necessarily in that order.
* ''Fanfic/{{Whispers}}'': The mere mention of [[RoyalBrat his brothers]] is enough to get Arcanus drinking wine despite asserting ''earlier in that scene'' that he has no taste for it.
* ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'': In an omake, Makoto suggests this when the whole war with the Dark Kingdom ended because Nanoha (in this fanfic the reincarnated Princess Serenity) admitted she was a lesbian and Beryl took that as a chance to go chase Mamoru instead of trying to kill everyone.
* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'': Said by George (without the “freaking” part) after John reveals his wings to him. The four then proceed to a bar and get trashed (except for John, who can't any more).
* ''Fanfic/WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'': Anthony, who was supposed to be the designated driver, invoked this and said they can hire a cab instead when [[spoiler: he figured out his father was arrested because he murdered his mother.]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6990878/1/You-re-Cute-When-You-re-Happy You're Cute When You're Happy]]'': England states that he needs alcohol when he finds out America didn't realize they had been in a real relationship when they were sleeping together (which they had been doing for over ''sixty years'').
* [[Anime/SailorMoon Setsuna/Sailor Pluto]] goes to the other senshi to both announce that the [[ApocalypseHow Great Freeze]] is no longer set in stone and find out if they know what caused the change in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12446027/2/With-Sprinkles With Sprinkles]]''. When she finds out they attacked a Planeswalker, she promptly starts ''chugging'' a bottle of whiskey.
* In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', Judge Mullan advises the lawyer Estermann to fill Queen Chrysalis (his client) up with vermouth before breaking to her that [[spoiler:in her absence, the Equestrian forces have begun closing in on her hive]]. Estermann mentions that, on top of being a queen, she's a [[spoiler:mother to her hive]] too. Mullan concedes, and advises [[GargleBlaster poitín]] instead.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6684562 when they built you, brother, they broke the mould]]'', Catelyn Stark and Theon Greyjoy decide they need a drink or ten when Robb reveals Jon Snow is actually Lyanna's son by Prince Rhaegar.


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* The ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy:
** The [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]]: This seems to be Marty's reaction to... [[UnusualEuphemism "parking"]] with Lorraine, [[ParentalIncest his future mother]]. Remembering that she's an alcoholic in the future, Marty confiscates the liquor that she's stolen, [[HypocriticalHumor but then takes a swig of it himself.]][[note]]This COULD be {{Foreshadowing}} of his [[FatalFlaw inferiority complex]]/[[BerserkButton "chicken problem"]] in the sequels, [[FridgeBrilliance because this is right after Lorraine has called him a "square" for not wanting her to drink.]][[/note]] He then [[SpitTake sprays it everywhere]] after he sees her lighting up a cigarette.
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', Doc heads to a bar after [[spoiler:Clara dumps him, [[CassandraTruth not believing his story about being a time traveler]]]]. Notably, Doc doesn't actually drink until the early morning... and [[CantHoldhisLiquor as soon as he downs one shot, he collapses]].
* Done in the Creator/RobinWilliams/Nathan Lane comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage.'' After Armond learns his son, Val, is getting married, Armond downs an entire glass of white wine, then goes to get even more.
* ''Film/ThePatriot''. After getting thoroughly chewed out by his superior, Col. Tavington watches a ship full of munitions, supplies and General Cornwallis' good clothes get blown to splinters by Benjamin Martin's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits militia]]. This takes place at a very gallant ball overlooking the harbor (and the ship). One of the partygoers mistakes the destruction for ''fireworks''. Tavington quickly downs his drink and spikes the glass into the ground.
* In ''Film/PaintYourWagon'' Creator/ClintEastwood's character, who doesn't usually drink, needs a drink really badly after Jean Seberg's chraracter reveals to him and Lee Marvin's character that [[spoiler:she loves both Eastwood AND Marvin and wants to live with both of them]].
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', another Creator/ClintEastwood film. Clint's character, who is [[TheAtoner trying to put his murderous past behind him]], has sworn off the bottle because when he gets drunk, he gets mean. [[spoiler:When the news that Ned was killed reaches him, he takes one drink after another, signaling a return to his murderous ways and one hell of a violent revenge coming against Ned's killer, Little Bill]].
* Early on in ''Film/GranTorino'', Walt offers the young Father Janovich a beer -- to Walt's disapproval, Janovich opts for a gin and Diet Coke. Later, when Walt is embroiled in a war with the gang that's been terrorizing his neighbors, he makes the offer again. This time, Janovich says "I'd love one".
* ''Film/FromHell'': One of the prostitutes says as much and goes out to buy some hooch. Bad idea with Jack The Ripper on the prowl.
* In ''Film/{{UHF}}'', Music/WeirdAlYankovic's character, George, has hit the low point of his life, so he leaves the TV studio saying that he needs a drink. His friend Bob points out that he doesn't drink, and George replies, "Yeah, but I've been meaning to start."
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': "Where are you going?" "To see if there's a pub!"
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Played with in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'': After the not-quite-successful diplomatic dinner involving Kirk, Chancellor Gorkon, their respective senior staffs, and rather too much Romulan Ale, the Klingons have just beamed off the Enterprise, at which point Bones leaves the transporter room proclaiming, "I'm going to go find a pot of black coffee".
** ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'':
*** Zephram Cochrane is found very inebriated in a bar after the Borg shell his base camp--though it is implied that he could [[TheAlcoholic often be found there]], Borg attack or no.
*** At the end of the movie, when the Vulcans in the first contact envoy have a seat at the bar, the leader of the envoy shoots up when Zephram starts up his favorite drunk dancing song on the jukebox ("Ooby Dooby" by Roy Orbison) at maximum volume. After seeing no real cause for alarm and that it's just [[HumansAreMorons human silliness]], he sits back down and downs all his drink in one gulp.
* ''Film/TheIndianInTheCupboard'' had the cowboy character stumble hungover out of the titular magic cupboard, unaware that he'd been transported through time and space (and size). After swearing to lay off the hooch several times in a row, he realizes that he's surrounded by giants, and proclaims, "Oh my dear sweet Lord. I need me a drink."
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' by Lloyd Bridges' character, Steve [=McCroskey=], complaining "Looks like I picked a bad day to quit smoking/drinking/amphetamines/sniffing glue" and then being shown indulging in the indicated substance in the next scene.
* Shorti does this in ''Film/ScaryMovie 2''. [[{{Squick}} Watching the butler "mishandle" the turkey for the feast]] forces him to down a bottle of red wine in short order.
* At the end of ''Film/TheUntouchables'', with Al Capone finally behind bars, Eliot Ness is understandably exhausted as he packs up his office and thinks about Malone. When a reporter mentions that Prohibition is due to be repealed and asks Ness what he might do then, Ness responds, "I think I’ll have a drink."
* ''Film/RedDawn1984'' has Col. Tanner explaining military tactics to a bunch of high-schoolers: "Now I think that's pretty simple. Any questions so far?" Kid: "Yeah, what's a ''flank''?" "What's a defilade?" Tanner: "I need a drink!"
* "[[Film/DayOfTheDead1985 Well if we stay down here long enough, I'll have to lay off the fuckin' booze, Steel, 'cause there won't fuckin' be any of it fuckin' left! In the meanwhile I will continue to indulge myself and I will continue doing my best in the good fight against dry-rot and rust]]."
* Variation in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy''. "You're in love. Have a beer."
* One of the Americans in ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', while hiding from Imhotep (ineffectively; it's ''[[ImplacableMan Imhotep]]'') tells his friend to bring him "a glass of bourbon. And a shot of bourbon. And a bourbon chaser!"
* ''Film/BennyAndJoon'': Shortly after meeting {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Sam for the first time, Benny mutters "I need a beer."
* In ''Film/MyManGodfrey'', during a typical evening at home, Mr. Bullock takes a whole tray of martinis & asks Godfrey to repeat the order in 30 minutes.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones'': After a wild skimmer chase through downtown Coruscant and an attempt on Padmé's life, Obi-Wan announces his intention of getting a drink--or two. Never get into a vehicle piloted by [[DrivesLikeCrazy Anakin Skywalker]].
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': "But why is the rum gone?" It's an impressive day when you can accomplish a mission "without a drop of rum".
* In ''Film/{{Clue}}'', as the guests try to determine how Mr. Boddy died when it seems like he wasn't murdered, Mrs. Peacock shouts "Oh, I need a drink!" and helps herself to some brandy. But while drinking, Professor Plum theorizes "Maybe he was poisoned!", making Mrs. Peacock throw the glass on the ground and scream her head off.
* In ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', Mr. Mushnik returns late to the shop to get some money to pay his restaurant bill and sees Seymour feeding body parts to the plant. He instantly dashes back to the restaurant and demands alcohol--any kind they've got, as long as he gets drunk.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Coulson lets Selvig take Thor back to town with the admonition to "keep him away from the bars." Where does Selvig immediately take Thor? "To get a drink!"
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', after [[spoiler: his army is destroyed]] and [[spoiler: [[CurbstompBattle he gets hilariously stomped by the Hulk]]]], Loki admits to the Avengers that, if it's okay with them, he'll have [[BrickJoke the drink Tony offered him earlier]].
* ''Literature/BridgetJones' Diary'': When Bridget screws up her cooking, she takes a swig from a bottle of some alcohol.
* In ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'', Jerome says to Vincent that they "must get drunk immediately".
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'': John Constantine has had a pretty rotten day. Between a bad exorcism, getting the long face from his doctor, hearing from Gabriel that he's damned no matter what he does, Midnite turning down his plea to use the Chair, and John himself hacking up blood, it's small wonder he busts out the Ardbeg when he gets home.
* A subtle version happens in ''Film/BabylonAD''. [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene During a bonding session]] with the two women on his LiveActionEscortMission, mercenary Toorop offers Sister Rebeka a QuickNip from his hip flask. She refuses despite his kidding her over it. Suddenly [[TheOphelia Aurora]] says, "We're all going to die in New York". Sister Rebeka says, "She's just scared" then drinks from the flask.
-->'''Toorop:''' Yeah, right.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''. Lady after her gunfight with Dred; she resists a demand to FinishHim by the BigBad and heads straight for the saloon for a drink. As Dred just raped his daughter, the SaloonOwner is only too glad to hand her a free one. As he does so, it's shattered by a bullet fired by a TooDumbToLive Dred, who's burst into the saloon after her. The murdered drink is immediately avenged by the quick-shootin' Lady.
* In ''Film/NineToFive'', all three leading ladies -- Violet Newstead, Doralee Rhodes, and Judy Bernley -- decide to leave work and head for Charlie's for a drink when faced with their individual work crises (Violet being passed over for a promotion, Doralee's advertised "affair with the boss", and Judy witnessing one of the co-workers being fired over a private discussion of wage differences). And at each of their departures, Margaret the alcoholic secretary simply says [[RunningGag "Atta girl!]]"
* In ''Film/TheGodfather'', after [[spoiler:Sonny Corleone's]] death, Tom Hagen needs a drink to steady himself before he can break the news to the Don.
* An InvokedTrope in ''Sword of Gideon'' (1986). A Mossad agent defuses several {{Booby Trap}}s in his safehouse. Relieved, he opens the fridge to get a drink and sees an IncrediblyObviousBomb just before it explodes.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', one of Eggsy’s first acts upon witnessing [[spoiler:Harry’s death]] is to rush to the nearest source of liquor, pour himself a generous amount, and gulp down a swallow.
* Invoked in the Australian zombie movie, ''Film/{{Wyrmwood}}''. After frank is bitten by a zombie his partner retrieves the first-aid kit from the car. [[WorstAid The box is empty but for two bottles of beer]], which they share moments before Frank turns.
* In ''Film/{{Lucy}}'', after being kidnapped and waking up to find she has a bag of drugs sewn in her stomach and is expected to serve as a mule for a crime ring, Lucy gulps down a drink she's offered.
* Comes up in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', after the Metatron admits that God is missing and no one seems to know how to stop Bartleby and Loki from ending existence.
--> '''The Metatron:''' Well I say we all get drunk, because I'm out of ideas!
* ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'': [[spoiler:Katniss Everdeen, once she finds out she'll be headed for another Hunger Games in the Quarter Quell.]]
* ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'': After changing into his best evening wear to go down with the ship, Benjamin Guggenheim asks a steward for a brandy.

* From the Literature/{{Deryni}} works by Creator/KatherineKurtz:
** In ''Deryni Checkmate'', after he meets [[SecretSecretkeeper a strangely well-informed grey-cowled figure on the road to Coroth]], Duncan goes to Morgan's study and pours himself "a small glass of the strong red wine Alaric kept for just such emergencies", downs it and pours another for sipping while waiting for Morgan to gracefully exit his state dinner in progress downstairs. After Duncan begins recounting the event to his cousin, Morgan gets up and pours a glass for himself.
** After [[ExpositionBeam Rothana shares Janniver's memory]] of her rape, Kelson wanders his camp for a time before going to Morgan's tent. Seeing the expression on Kelson's face, Morgan sends his stepson Brendan to bed and pours Kelson a cup of wine; Kelson gulps half of it down, sits down with a sigh, and takes a second deep pull before he can discuss the experience.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Commander Vimes tends to think this when things are going particularly poorly, but after ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' he quit (with a brief relapse in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''), and for a long time afterwards had to remind himself that just one would be too many. William de Worde's first impression of him in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' is that Vimes is "badly" everything, as in badly spoken, badly dressed, and badly in need of a drink.
** It's actually been mentioned that Vimes is, in fact, slightly "Knurd": meaning he's more sober than sober, and actually needs at least one drink in him to be "normal". Klatchian coffee is so strong that it has the same effect, but the Klatchians make very certain they are well and truly out of their heads on ''orakh'' (the only liquor on the Disc that can match scumble for potency, made from cactus sap and scorpion venom) before partaking.
** In a scene in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Nanny Ogg is both figuratively and literally stuck between Magrat and Granny Weatherwax after the two have a falling-out. As the three walk along a [[Film/TheWizardOfOz yellow brick road]], Magrat says, half to herself "What [[InsufferableGenius some people]] need is a bit more heart," to which Granny replies "What [[WideEyedIdealist some people]] need is a lot more brain." Nanny, meanwhile, thinks to herself "What ''I'' need [[StealthPun is a drink]]."
** Honorary mention of ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' here, where having a damn drink actually HELPS you resist vampire mind control... and Nanny rather seems to approve.
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', when a huge surplus of extra belief floods Discworld, one of the beings created is Bilious, the Oh God of Hangovers, who experiences the consequences when other people engage in this trope. At one point, he much relishes a chance to turn the tables on a god who loves to get drunk: his brother, Bibulous, God of Wine.
** In ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', one of the mortal pleasures Death attempts is drinking. When he and the bartender discuss his lack of friends, he pauses, then muses aloud that he thinks he could be friends with the next bottle of booze.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'':
** Crowley and Aziraphale do this after Crowley delivers the newborn Antichrist to the hospital where he'll be switched with another family's baby, and the pair are forced to confront the possibility of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and all the great things Earth has going for it.
--->'''Crowley:''' ...The point is... the point I'm trying to make... is dolphins. That's my point...
** This also happens to Crowley in the backstory:
---> Crowley got a commendation for the Spanish Inquisition. He ''had'' been in Spain then, mainly hanging around cantinas in the nicer parts, and hadn’t even known about it until the commendation arrived. He’d gone to have a look, and come back and got drunk for a week.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry Potter gets his first taste of Ogden's Fire Whiskey in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' after the Battle Over Little Whinging.
** Hagrid's reaction to only narrowly escaping the most powerful dark wizard of all times:
---> '''Hagrid:''' ''[A little shakily]'' Haven't go' any brandy, have yeh, Molly? Fer medicinal purposes?
:: :(She has.)
** A rather amusing variation happens in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the third book]], when Harry and Hermione go back in time to save Buckbeak and Sirius. When Fudge sees that Buckbeak somehow went missing since he last saw him, he starts freaking out, trying to figure out what happened. A very unconcerned Dumbledore (who seems to know what's going on, [[TimeyWimeyBall despite not actually having given Harry and Hermione the time travel plan yet]]) suggests that maybe Hagrid could fetch them all some drinks. Hagrid, who's over the moon about Buckbeak escaping, is happy to comply.
* Happens a lot in the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, as befits a homage to HardboiledDetective fiction. Even the Grand Inquisitor demanded brandy in a jar when he stopped by to complain about his ecclesiastical colleagues. Upon his return from one emotionally-wracking case, Garrett's associates practically ''forced'' a mug into the main character's hand, anticipating that this trope was in effect.
* Lightsong, a PhysicalGod in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', is rather fond of avoiding his godly responsibilities by trying to get drunk, despite his long-suffering high priest's insistence that he is physically incapable of getting drunk.
* Creator/HenryKuttner's character Galloway Gallegher works best when plastered anyway, but special mention to the story "Time Locker".
-->"Yeah, that's it," he murmured after a while. "''Whew''! I guess [[spoiler:Vanning must have been the only guy who ever reached into the middle of nest week and--killed himself]]! I think I'll get tight."\\
And he did.
* Used in more than a few volumes of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The biggest one occurs in ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' after Harry learns [[spoiler:he and Susan have an 8-year-old daughter she never told him about]].
-->'''Harry:''' Um. I'd say, "Whiskey, Mac," except I'm not sure if you have any whiskey. I need something strong, I think.
* Lawrence says this (though not in those exact words) when Literature/{{Temeraire}} brings up the subject of prostitutes. Specifically when he notes that the runner ''Emily'' Roland seemed rather young to seek their services.
* Shows up ''all the time'' in the works of Creator/RobertAsprin.
** In ''Literature/AnotherFineMyth'', Aahz asks for a drink after he realizes just how ''stuck'' he is in Klahd's dimension.
** Deconstructed in ''Literature/SweetMythsteriesOfLife'', where Skeeve's constant need of a drink pushes him toward The Alcoholic.
* Shows up in the third book of the ''[[{{Literature/TheRiftwarCycle}} Serpentwar Saga]]''. Pug, Nakor and Miranda have finally tracked down the legendary wizard Macros the Black in their quest to get his aid in dealing with the Serpent Queen. Miranda (whose background has been a total mystery up to that point) addressed Macros as Daddy and then says
-->'''Miranda:''' It's Mother. She's trying to destroy the world. \\
'''Macros:''' I need a drink. \\
'''Miranda:''' First you need a bath.
* In "Literature/BestServedCold" by Joe Abercrombie, Cosca turns "A drink, a drink, a drink," almost into a [[SurvivalMantra personal credo]].
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' [[spoiler:after Min, Aviendha and Elayne bond Rand, Elayne decides to take this opportunity to finally bed Rand]]. Birgitte, [[spoiler:who's bonded to Elayne and, like everyone else is aware of everything Elayne is doing and feeling through their bond]] and the other two decide that yes they do indeed need a drink, in the plural sense and as soon as can be arranged.
* In "The Winds of War," Pug Henry declares his need for a drink when his son Byron is still missing somewhere in Europe, his son Warren the fighter pilot has [[spoiler: apparently been shot down in his plane]], his wife Rhonda [[spoiler: is leaving him]] and [[spoiler: his battleship was sunk shortly before he was scheduled to take command of it]].
* Happens pretty frequently in ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'', since Bertie's automatic stress response is to go someplace and order a few drinks. If Jeeves is in the vicinity, he'll prepare the drink, but [[NervesOfSteel he never needs a drink himself]].
* Literature/CiaphasCain ('''[[InHarmsWay Hero of the Imperium!]]''') has [[OnceAnEpisode often]] been found taking a swig of amasec (brandy) [[RunningGag "far faster than such a fine example of the distiller's art deserved."]] Considering the Tyrannid swarms, suicical terrorists, and other horrible reasons for needing the drink ([[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} and yet passing for normal in this psychotic universe]]), this is fully justified.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's short story ''Literature/AndHeBuiltACrookedHouse'': Quintus Teal and the Baileys become trapped in the middle of his [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} bizzarrchitectural]] masterpiece. When Teal hands Bailey a shot of liquor to help revive his wife who fainted, he downs it himself.
* In the book ''Widow's Walk'', Literature/{{Spenser}} and Rita Fiore are dealing with the stupidest person they have ever dealt with (in a series notorious for the level of stupidity possessed by the characters the protagonist sometimes encounters), and Rita says to him "I need a drink". After finishing up and leaving, they go directly to a bar and have two martinis each.
* ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'':
** Mike Jenkins, in ''Choosers of the Slain'', made plans for meeting Pierson in a bar after the talk with [[spoiler:Senator Traskel]], though meeting with [[spoiler:the Senate leadership]] is noted to have been more of a "ballbuster" for him.
** In ''Unto the Breach'', after flying low and slow (due to the helicopter being heavily overloaded) past a trio of enemy bunkers Captain Kacey Bathlick says to her helicopter's crew chief that after "one hairy fucking mission" she seriously needs a drink... Kacey doesn't drink. She later laments, in ''A Deeper Blue'', that some times she wishes her water were beer when she's told about the Rite of Kardane and what happened [[spoiler:with Gretchen.]]
* An inversion in the Creator/TimPowers novel ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheDark'': Brian Duffy, a tavern bouncer and sometime mercenary, staggers into his workplace and demands an explanation for the crazy weird stuff that keeps happening to him. His boss responds: "You need a drink," and after a moment's thought, Duffy replies: "Yes, but if I have one I'll be sick." (Instead he gets something to smoke.)
* Subverted in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. Queen Elizabeth and [[spoiler:President Eloise Pritchart]] are meeting aboard Honor's flagship. Her steward, [=MacGuiness=], asks everyone if they would like refreshments. Elizabeth considers having a rather strong drink, but decides against it.
* Katniss in ''[[TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'' after the Quarter Quell announcement.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'': When Mr Rochester hears from Jane that Mr. Mason arrived at Thornfield, he says that it's a blow, and asks Jane to bring him a glass of wine. She does and he promptly swallows the contents.
* In ''[[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The Restaurant at the End of the Universe]]'', after narrowly avoiding death by Vogon via escaping to the titular restaurant, Zaphoid and Ford quickly head for the bar. Ford becomes so drunk he's hilariously incoherent for much of the scene.
* While August from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' usually bemoans needing [[MustHaveNicotine a smoke]], he mentions how he used to drink very heavily instead and invokes this trope after his [[NoSocialSkills painfully awkward]] attempts to introduce himself to the other main characters.
* In ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', the final chapter has only one discussion question at the end: "How about we go get a beer?"
* As the series progresses, this is an increasingly common response by Literature/StephaniePlum's mother to antics by her mother or her daughter.
* In ''Literature/SheepsClothing'', two close encounters with vampires in 24 hours drive Dic Meadows to whiskey to calm his nerves.
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** Various characters at various points in ''Literature/DeathStar'', as the ethical implications of serving on an installation that [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroys planets]] become keenly felt. Stated in Atour's narration, almost word for word.
** Owning your own bar is an advantage at the end of a stressful day. In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Annileen has Orrin pour her a glass as he's bartending after the Tusken raid on the Claim and the subsequent retaliation. Then she grabs the bottle and goes to bed.
* In the ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' series, this is a common response by humans to Hoka antics.
* ''Running Blind'' by Desmond Bagley. British spy Alan Stewart is captured by KGB boss Kennikan, a former antagonist that he accidentally [[GroinAttack emasculated during a gunfight]]. Kennikan politely offers Stewart a drink, and he orders a light one. Kennikan mocks that he's following regulations ''If the opposition offers you a drink, [[LooseLips always order a light one]].'' Kennikan then informs Stewart that he may or may not kill him, but if Stewart does live, [[FreudianThreat he won't be sleeping with women any more]]. Stewart then asks for another glass, and Kennikan says he'll make it stronger this time.
* After Willoughby breaks Marianne's heart in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', family friend Mrs. Jennings breaks out a fine old wine that her late husband used to treat his gout. Elinor claims the glass for herself as Marianne is already asleep--having spent the day being horrified by the news of Willoughby and trying to console her sister, Elinor figures she might as well test its restorative claims on herself.
* In "...And it Comes Out Here" by Creator/LesterDelRey, this is the protagonist's reaction to meeting his own future self.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', Tris's fellow initiates pass around a silver flask with something strong [[spoiler:right before Al's funeral]]. She refuses to partake in it.
* Peter from ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', in one of his asides about police work, remarks that just ''being'' police is ample grounds for this trope. He also allows that if marijuana were legal, police of ''his'' generation would happily play [[AddictionDisplacement an entirely different trope]] straight, but it's not so they head for the pub after a shift.
* In the Literature/{{Paratime}} Police you know your case has gone straight to Hell when you see a colleague downing 150-proof palm rum.
* In ''Literature/BringUpTheBodies'', Henry VIII loudly and publicly accuses Thomas Cromwell of attempting to turn him into a PuppetKing. It's not the first time Henry's been mad at him, but the level of rage and the particular accusation is enough to make Cromwell's head feel rather insecure on its shoulders. He just manages to withdraw by making a blacksmith's gesture that confuses Henry into shutting up, then immediately seeks out a goblet of wine.
* In ''Literature/FarewellMyLovely'', Marlowe narrates:
-->''I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun.''
* In ''[[Literature/{{Kane}} Darkness Weaves]]'' young aristocrat Imel sees [[VillainProtagonist Kane]] for the first time at night, in an old tomb during a [[LightningReveal huge storm]]. And when he looks into Kane's [[IcyBlueEyes eyes]], full of madness, hatred and bloodlust, he immediately grabs a bottle of wine that's been standing nearby.

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* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', the team needs to test a [[AwesomeButImpractical gasoline-powered blender]]. They resort to a margarita-making contest.
* The Trope image is ''Series/TheColbertReport''. During [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/0085n8/the-colbert-report-the-word---sigh this "The Wørd" segment]] after the 2006 Midterms (and giving the Democrats control of the House), Stephen Colbert was visibly depressed, slouched over and with [[FacePalm his head in his hand]]. The bullet point reacted to this by displaying this exact phrase/TropeNamer (see above)
** Stephen proceeds to pull out what appears to be scotch and first the Word says "Fight it" before he gives up and pours, changing the message to "F*ck it" and finishing with "Oh, sweet brown medicine, take away the pain..." as he downs the whole glass.
** [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/zviz5s/the-colbert-report-four-more-years-of-hopey-change He does it again the day after the 2012 presidential election]], pulling out a beer and drinking it down while watching TV before the show [[WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties experiences technical difficulties]], and Stephen learns that he is contractually obligated to do his show.
** On the July 29th, 2014 show, Stephen introduced a new segment, called [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/go3xsz/the-colbert-report-stephen-colbert-s-i-need-a-drink "I need a drink"]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which is exactly what it sounds like]]. He started the segment with a Bud Light Lime, before switching to a glass of Jack Daniels almost immediately after hearing about the first news report, then switched the short glass for a tall glass after hearing about Iraq. Finally he started drinking rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle, after hearing about truly depressing news from the states. He concludes the segment by saying:
--->Well folks, that concludes Stephen Colbert's I Need A Drink, which for the record did not work. Either this booze is broken or the news is just too damn sobering. We'll be right back.
* Happens several times on ''Series/HappyEndings''. In one episode, after finding out that her husband Brad had taken her to a restaurant when they were dating, planning to break up with her, Jane says, "I will be at the bar, destroying myself."
** Again in the Valentine's Day episode, after almost the entire gang have failed to have a good romantic evening, they watch Max leave after reconnecting with his ex-boyfriend Grant.
--> '''Penny''': What should we do now?
--> '''Dave''': Let's get drunk.
* In Season 5, Episode 2 of ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia comes home to find her meddlesome mother has taken Alicia's daughter shopping for dresses. Alicia asks if the dresses are appropriate, her mother insists (with characteristic telling indignation) that they are. Alicia says, more to herself than anything else, 'I'm going to start drinking."
* Done on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' when Jon and Mike Huckabee discuss [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-june-18-2009/mike-huckabee abortion and the pro-life movement]].
** Jon Stewart after a bad day on ''The Daily Show'':
-->''...I could do with a hot fudge sundae. And a bottle of vodka.''
* Ben Harper in ''Series/MyFamily'' takes this to almost CatchPhrase levels.
* Happens every now and then on ''Series/BabylonFive.'' In one episode, Londo hands Vir an unpleasant mission while at the bar and Vir finishes off the drink his boss abandoned at the table before heading out. The temptation is probably pretty heavy for [[TheAlcoholic Garibaldi]] at times.
* As with virtually every other liquor-related trope, ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has developed this trope into high art. Virtually every major character says some variation of "I need/could use a drink" at least once in the series, typically at a very important moment.
* In an early ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode, Ted is going to break up for the second time with a girl he dated much earlier in life -- the first time he broke up with her he accidentally did it on her birthday. When he realizes it's her birthday yet again and she starts to say how he's brought hope back into her life, he turns to the waiter and says "Oh so much more wine."
* Jen does this in ''Series/TheItCrowd'' when hearing of how a high school classmate has the perfect successful life that Jen wished she had.
* Nate says or does this every now and then in ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. As a recovering alchoholic, it's a bad sign. Notably, at the end of ''The Twelve-Step Job'', after he has been in rehab with a happy-pilled Parker for several days.
--> '''Sophie''': ''(Indicating that he should return to rehab)'' Well. Are you ready to finish what you started?
--> '''Nate''': I need a drink.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Anya in the ''Buffy'' episode "Doppelgangland" (3x16). Subverted because [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld she can't get even that]] as she's stuck in the form of a California high school student. "I'm 1,120 years old! Just gimme a frickin' beer!!"
** A season later, in ''Buffy'''s "Something Blue" (4x09), Giles is driven to his limits by the sight of Buffy and Spike engaged and smooching each other (under the influence of a spell gone bad). When Buffy asks Giles to give her away at the wedding and declares "we're family," Giles can only reply, "It's all right. I have more Scotch." (And he's had more than a few shots by that point.) Later in the season, after Spike's attempt to split the TrueCompanions, he goes into a depressed funk and consoles himself with drink.
** The Trio had made a pretty good attempt at destroying Buffy's life, and Spike tries to console her with whiskey. She drinks most of it on him, then he invites her out to a demon bar to get information. She goes because there'll be more alcohol and when a drink of some indeterminate spirits is about to be poured for Spike, Buffy takes the bottle and spends the night going through it. [[GargleBlaster Every shot is straight.]]
** In a season 7 ''Buffy'' episode where Buffy is showing the potential slayers the demon bar, Clem plays a particularly frightening joke on them, causing Vi to say, "I could use a shot of that yak urine right about now."
** In season 5 of ''Buffy'', Quentin Travers does the StuffyBrit version after Buffy reads him the riot act.
-->'''Travers:''' Uh, Rupert? When we inventoried your shop, we found a bottle of single malt scotch behind the, uh, incense holders.
-->'''Giles:''' Well, it's, it's not, you know, during working hours...
-->'''Travers:''' I think I could use a glass.
** Fred is rather alarmed when Angelus says this, because [[IDoNotDrinkWine he's an evil bloodsucking vampire]].
** Lorne often needs a Sea Breeze, or as he calls it, Our Lady of the Perpetual Sea Breeze.
* On an episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', Mork tries to explain religion to Orson, who becomes so confused he decides he needs a drink.
* In ''SexAndTheCity'', Carrie and Samantha are stuck on an interminably long train ride. This includes "dining with the Amish", a couple who happen to be sitting next to them in the cafeteria. Momentarily forgetting her company, Carrie says "Oh, ''God I'' need a big ol' drink." The Amish couple look at her. "Sorry."
* In ''Series/PawnStars'', Rick and Corey get a Peter Lik print. While staring at the image, Corey remarks that it makes him want to have a beer.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'', Air Part 3. [[spoiler: Chloe Armstrong's mother finds out her husband is dead and her daughter is stranded on a ship billions of lightyears away. The way she throws down whiskey is this trope without the phrase]].
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. "Minimum Security". Gibbs grumbles "[[MustHaveCaffeine I need coffee]]" after being [[ItMakesSenseInContext woken up by a naked Tony pointing his pistol at an iguana]].
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Red Sky," Sam is escorting an elderly woman at a fancy-dress party, who is [[MrsRobinson hitting on him ''very'' hard]]. At one point she presents him with a glass of champagne, raises her own, and says, "To us." Sam promptly downs the entire glass.
** Also, in the episode "The Real Ghostbusters", Sam and Dean say "I need a drink" in sync after being thoroughly weirded-out by some [=LARPing=] fans. ''Of themselves.''
** Also, Castiel does a variation of this in the season 5 finale (when they realise that they are really ''really'' screwed):
--> '''Castiel''': I suggest we imbibe copious quantities of alcohol.
** Castiel again, after the events of the episode [[BreakTheCutie "The Dark Side of the Moon."]] In the next episode, after he gets a call from the boys:
--->'''Sam''': Are you... Are you ''drunk?!''
--->'''Castiel''': [[BlatantLies No]]. ({{Beat}}) [[VerbalBackspace Yes]].
--->'''Sam''': What happened?!
--->'''Castiel''': I went and found a liquor store.
--->'''Sam''': And?
--->'''Castiel''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And I drank it]].
** Also, Castiel in the episode "Free To Be You And Me". When Castiel is taken to a brothel by Dean and is introduced to one of the girls there, he downs a generously sized glass of beer before being pulled away to one of the back rooms.
** And generally Dean does this on a regular basis. The only thing that separates this from DrowningMySorrows is how quickly he recovers afterwards. Considering the things that are trying to kill him/beat him/torture him, you know things are really bad when he ''stops'' drinking! [[spoiler: This is also a sign of him being absolutely crushed by everything and still (somehow) going: he stops enjoying things that used to make him feel good]].
** Spoofed in "Monster Movie". A witness to a monster attack drinks from a huge beer stein when giving his statement to the Winchesters, the next witness drinks from a supersize soda cup.
** In "Frontierland" Sam shows Samuel Colt a copy of his diary from the future to convince him to help. Looking at the two diaries, Colt comments he's either had [[SingleMaltVision too much to drink]] or not enough.
* In the ill-fated early 90s reboot of ''Series/DarkShadows'', after saving Josette from the zombie of Jeremiah Collins, his father Joshua says, "I need a stiff drink!"
* In one episode of ''Series/YesMinister'', Jim Hacker comes home and states 'I want a triple scotch'. ''Bernard'' comes in and is asked by Annie if he wants a scotch. He says, 'Yes, could I have a large one please' to which Annie replies 'so, another triple'.
* A double example appears in one episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'': first Monica accepts Rachel's offer of margaritas after her painstakingly organised photo collection gets messed up; later, while collecting ingredients for the margaritas from Ross' apartment, Rachel accidentally overhears Emily leave a message on Ross' answering machine saying she's having doubts about re-marrying. She immediately unscrews the cap of the tequila she's holding and takes a swig straight from the bottle.
** In the episode "Everybody Finds Out", Phoebe and Rachel decide to have Phoebe hit on Chandler to prove that he and Monica are seeing each other. This escalates to the point where they're in Chandler's apartment for a date. When Phoebe pours them wine and they toast, both promptly drain their entire glasses.
** When Monica dates Fun Bobby, she notices that he drinks too much, and convinces him to stop. However, he was fun for a reason, and throughout the episode, Monica needs freaking drinks to deal with his boring stories.
* A noteworthy example in a ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode is when Hawkeye takes a challenge to abstain from alcohol. The story climaxes with Hawkeye having the terrifying experience of keeping a prisoner's grenade from detonating in the operating room. After the successful conclusion, the gang goes to the Officer's Club where Hawkeye gets a drink saying that he needs it. However, after a few fateful seconds, Hawkeye pushes the drink away saying "I'll have it when I want it, not when I need it."
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** Often invoked by Inspector Brackenreid. He thinks he deserves one to celebrate when they're successful, and he often feels he needs a shot to calm himself down.
** Inspector Brackenreid once suggested it to Dr. Ogden. It was when Detective Murdoch and she had a falling out, and he began a relationship with a young widow.
** In the final episode of series 4, Murdoch himself suggests he needs one and that the Inspector could use one as well. Brackenreid knows it's a big deal because Murdoch drinks only very, very rarely.
** In "High Voltage", Julia tells Emily and Lillian of her decision not to stand as a candidate in the provincial election, to her hearers' intense disappointment. After Julia leaves, Lillian says she knows of a bar that serves women, and Emily immediately expresses a desire to go there.
** After Dr. Ogden cuts ties with Miss Hamilton over the latter's demands for censorship, she visits Dr. Grace at the City Morgue, in part to apologize for allying with Hamilton's Temperance League in the first place. (Dr. Grace had advised against it.) She produces a bottle of whiskey from a hidden compartment in a desk and the doctors quickly down three shots each.
* Amusingly subverted in one episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' (paraphrased):
--> '''Brennan''': ''(searching)'' I need vodka!
--> '''Booth''': So do I, Bones, but we're on duty here!
--> '''Brennan''': No... to preserve the tissue samples.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has this scene from the episode "Obsession":
--->'''Spock''': I need your advice.\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': Then I need a drink.\\
'''Spock''': I do not understand your reasoning.\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': You need advice from me? You must be kidding.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In "Rascals", [[NegativeSpaceWedgie a space anomaly de-ages Keiko O'Brien along with Capt. Picard, Guinan, and Ro]]. Miles, Keiko's husband, tries to deal with the awkwardness of Keiko's teenaged state by going to get coffee, until Keiko insists upon getting it herself, which makes the situation even more awkward. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich Then they're so upset that neither of them takes so much as a sip from their coffee before setting down the cups]].
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Kira is helping two rival Bajoran clans resolve a territorial dispute. This exchange ensues.
-->'''Quark''': Kira! I always look forward to your infrequent visits.
-->'''Kira''': Quark, save the small talk and get me a Stardrifter.
-->'''Quark''': So how are the negotiations going?
-->'''Kira''': Make it a double.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', when C.J. tells Abbey Bartlet that the swing vote on her medical review board is recusing himself:
-->'''Abbey''': Claudia Jean? Let's go get drunk.
* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "Role Model", House is pressured by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Vogler]] into giving a speech. When House, in mid-speech, goes OffTheRails (putting it ''very'' mildly), Chase reaches for his glass, presumably of champagne, and downs the whole glass in one gulp.
* Used in ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'' as "D'you fancy a drink?", usually said by one of the partners to the other after a particularly hard case.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', in which Monk, who doesn't drink, is visiting Natalie's parents while despairing over a hiring freeze at the police department:
-->'''Monk:''' There's never hope. I wish I drank. Is it wonderful?\\
'''Peggy:''' Yeah. It's pretty great.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In an episode when Rick Castle is practicing making drinks in the kitchen, his teenage daughter walks in saying "I need a drink." When he gives her A Look, she explains she meant water.
** In another episode, Castle "[[SophisticatedAsHell quotes]]" Creator/ErnestHemingway as saying, "Man, I sure could use a drink right about now."
** In one of the earlier episodes, Castle takes Beckett to a fancy ball. After being introduced to the mayor, Castle asks Beckett if she wants a drink, her reaction was very much this trope, though she tried to back out of it (Castle ignores her).
--->'''Castle:''' Can I get you a drink?\\
'''Beckett:''' Yeah. Vodka. Lots of vodka (''he makes a great face and leaves to do so but she holds him back'') ...But I'm on duty. So water?\\
'''Castle:''' (''rolls his eyes and smirks'') Yeah. Vodka...
** Beckett spent a few months in Ukraine as an exchange student, so, yes, she knows how to handle vodka.
* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Christmas Attack Zone," Liz downs her entire glass of white wine upon learning exactly want Jack was going to do: [[spoiler:ambushing his mother with his biological father to get back at her for her hypocritical disapproval of getting Avery pregnant]].
* On ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Jill hastily asks for some liquor when she is worried about her son Brad driving by himself for the first time. In another instance, Tim gulps down his drink after he is MistakenForGay at a bar.
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E10MixologyCertification Mixology Certification]]" Annie starts off the night ordering Root Beers but as she gets progressively worked up about planning out her entire life she eventually ends up switching to screwdrivers.
* ''Series/MadMen'' features this constantly, albeit usually without saying the phrase. Expect Roger (and Don during Season 4) to immediately reach for the booze when something goes wrong... or simply when they enter a room.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Amy needs another glass of wine when she realizes [[spoiler:she's the Doctor's mother-in-law]].
** In "The Snowmen", Captain Latimer's first response when things start going wacky is to head for the drinks cabinet. The Doctor pours himself one too... then hands it to the Captain.
** From the the original series, this exchange from the end of "The Daemons" as Yates and TheBrigadier are watching some Morris dancers:
--->'''Yates:''' Fancy a dance, Brigadier?\\
'''Brigadier:''' It's kind of you, Captain Yates. I think I'd rather have a pint.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' uses this as a RunningGag with Penny, notably in the season four premiere where she is dragged into chaperoning Sheldon on his first "date" with Amy Farrah Fowler. As it becomes clear that Amy is the DistaffCounterpart of Sheldon, especially when it comes to NoSocialSkills, they eventually turn their combined [[BrutalHonesty lack of tact]] on Penny. Once it gets to calculating how many men she has slept with, she begs the waiter for a drink.
* Toward the end of the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode "Dave Returns" ([=S4E15=]), Leslie says "And now I am going to endorse ten beers into my mouth, because today has been very stressful." (Or words to that effect). Despite the large number of beers, it counts as needing a freaking drink and not DrowningMySorrows because Leslie specifically cites stress as a factor, and it's a one-time thing (at a party at a bar, no less).
* In the ''Series/BitchinKitchen'', when Nadia asks Panos' wife how she deals with her marriage, her response is "a little ouzo goes a long way."
* ''Series/BurnNotice'':
** Sam has "always loved his beer" as one guest star put it. [[InvertedTrope It's when he]] ''[[InvertedTrope stops]]'' [[InvertedTrope drinking that you should worry:]]
--->'''Madeline:''' Please, I'm not leverage. You want a beer? (''opens the fridge'')\\
'''Sam:''' (''slams the fridge shut'') I ''don't'' want a beer, [[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious Madeline!]]\\
'''Madeline:''' [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Okay, this]] ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness is]]'' [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness serious]].
** Played straight at least once, at the end of "Old Friends".
** Sam [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted]] this in a season 6 episode -- with 4 guys outside with guns, he turns to Barry and says, "OK... I need a beer." Barry tells him to keep it together, this is no time to get drunk. Sam actually wanted the can for a plan, for which he needed the beer, some scissors, Barry's wallet, and a glass. What's the glass for? To drink the beer, after he's done with the can.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** In the second episode, the Queen returns to her castle after the wedding of Literature/SnowWhite and PrinceCharming. A man, [[spoiler:her father]], offers her a drink, only for her to snap back, "Does it look like I need a drink?" He doesn't answer, but he (and everyone in the audience) is clearly thinking, "Yes, yes you do."
** In season 2, when Emma is reunited with her parents, she never expected they were the same age as her, not to mention being '''the''' Snow White and Prince Charming. This was her reaction to deal with the news.
--->'''Emma:''' Can we talk about this later? Like over a glass of wine, or several... bottles.
** It's almost a RunningGag in the show for people to go to Granny's for a drink after a rough day... which for people like Emma and Mary Margaret, becomes distressingly common. Leroy (a.k.a. Grumpy the Dwarf) hits the sauce pretty frequently as well.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** "Syzygy": A [[WhenThePlanetsAlign planetary alignment]] causes that everybody behaves strangely. Agent Mulder drinks a very decadent screw-driver made of half-frozen orange juice put in a small bottle of vodka. A moment later, Detective White comes over to his motel room and takes a swig from his bottle as well. Agent Scully is messed up, too, but she prefers a CigaretteOfAnxiety.
** "Tempus Fugit": Agent Scully takes a soldier who is an important witness to the bar to meet a federal marshal. He has had a tough day, and Scully is very understanding.
--->'''Scully:''' You want a drink? You need a drink.
** "War of Coprophages": Mulder and Dr Ivanov each have a glass of scotch after Dr Ivanov was shown the alien robot cockroach. Dr Ivanov particularly looks like he really needs it.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': The first season episode "War Cries" gives us Ambassador Bartlett, a snarky career politician who discusses matters of state and embassy security while sipping scotch. As the episode continues, we see that she has [[INeedAFreakingDrink quite a bit to drink about.]]
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'': Duke has a pretty good excuse when he's suddenly stranded in the past:
-->'''Duke:''' {{What year is this}}?\\
'''Man:''' It's 1955. It's the year you should think about sobering up.\\
'''Duke:''' Actually, I think that it's the year I start drinking. Heavily.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'':
** Monroe’s response to finding out that a hardcore Grimm might be in town, he keeps drinking a glass of red wine like it’s a lifeline while telling Hank and Nick about it.
** Also, in "The Three Bad Wolves", after finding out that Hap was willing to cooperate with a Grimm (and also that none of them were trying to kill each other), this was Angelina's response.
** Happens a lot to Monroe in "Season of the Hexenbiest", though the circumstances are more emotional than physical in the above cases.
** Nick and Monroe both do this in Face Off, Nick after seeing Renard kissing Juliette and being told they're probably under a spell and Monroe a bit later. They're having that kind of day -- at the end of that kind of week.
** Monroe does this when he and Nick are trying to figure out how to undo the spell on Renard and Juliette. The reason he needs one is because all the twists and complications in the process pretty much involve every character in the show.
** A lighter version occurs in "Mr. Sandman" as Nick, Hank, Monroe, and Rosalee talk about Captain Renard and his... complex backstory.
** In "The Waking Dead", Juliette, Monroe, Rosalee, and Bud are unanimous on this point after events in the spice shop.
* In ''Series/TheBorgias'', a quite snarky version, courtesy of Machiavelli: "Now that we've surrendered Florence, can we at least pour the wine?"
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. This is Marc Antony's comment after the religious ceremony (implied to be long and boring) to make him tribune. Antony's slave agrees, "Perhaps ''after'' the meeting?"
* Series/{{The Walking Dead}} Has the season four episode "Still." [[spoiler:Beth Greene decides that she needs a freaking drink. She's lost everyone, except Daryl, her father was killed in front of her, and she was driven from her home and into the undead filled wilderness. Again.]] The episode revolves around Beth's search for booze.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In the first episode, the Lannister brothers are coping with having to drink with the Starks by downing a few beforehand.
** After Tyrion and Sansa are forcibly married to each other, they retire to their bedchambers. Tyrion partakes in some wine set up in there, asking Sansa if she drinks. She says she doesn't usually (possibly because she associates it with Cersei), but when it really hits her that she's going to have to go through with consummating the marriage, she promptly grabs a glass and starts drinking.
** Tyrion often needs one (or perhaps a dozen) to deal with stressful situations like his wedding.
** Although she is reluctant to drink at first, Sansa takes a big one when Cersei tells her about the rape that comes with the sack of a city.
** During the Battle of Blackwater, the Hound returns from a sortie shouting, "Someone, bring me a drink... Fuck the water. Bring me wine!"
** Sansa reaches for a drink of ale with her brother, Jon Snow, in "The Book of the Stranger", even if it doesn't go over quite as well.
* Alex Trebek at least once in the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch, particularly after the response to the question, "This Ringo was the 'Starr' drummer for The Beatles."
--> '''Sean Connery:''' Cravin Morehead.\\
'''Trebek:''' Who is "Cravin Morehead"?\\
'''Connery:''' Apparently you are!\\
''*Trebek pulls out a whiskey flask and takes a drink*''
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', on the episode "Nothing Personal", Maria Hill tells Pepper Potts on the phone, after she's testified before Congress, "I swear, I need a cocktail and a lobotomy."
* Ms. O, head of the all-kid agency on the children's math edutainment show ''Series/OddSquad'', sometimes gets flustered enough that she needs a freaking ''juice box''.
* ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'':
** In the episode "No Quarter Given", a character is seen using a bottle of whisky as accelerant to set fire to his house, which has just been confiscated by the German occupiers; in the midst of splashing it around, he pauses to take a swig out of the bottle.
** In the episode "Escape", there's a scene where Dr Martel walks into the room, silently pours himself a drink, and knocks it back, before announcing that the man whose injuries he was called to tend to has died.
* In ''Series/WolfHall'', Cromwell's attempt to reconcile Ambassador Chapuys with Henry ends in disaster. After Henry nearly punches Chapuys to the ground he turns on Cromwell and, in front of the court, accuses Cromwell of trying to turn him into a PuppetKing. Cromwell manages to withdraw intact by making a blacksmith's gesture that confuses the king, but the next scene has him sitting in a quiet room with a goblet of wine in his shaking hand.
* ''Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond''.
** Ian Fleming has just been fired by his only client for being an irresponsible UpperClassTwit instead of a sober stockbroker. The waiter then comes up with another champagne bottle. Ian asks whose tab the bottle is on -- on being told it's the client, he starts to drink the lot.
** After Fleming and his secretary survive a bomb explosion, she agrees to go with him to a bar that doesn't close till 4am.
* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''.
** Chloe wakes up to [[WhatDidIDoLastNight find herself naked in Lucifer's bed]]. As Chloe starts to panic, thinking (incorrectly) that she had sex with Lucifer while drunk, he cheerfully offers her a [[MustHaveCaffeine triple espresso]] or a [[QuickNip hip flask]]. Faced with Chloe's MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction, he replies, "Oh, right; both!" and pours one into the other.
** Averted after Lucifer's fight with Amenadiel in "[=#TeamLucifer=]". They end up smashing every bottle in the bar, so he can't fulfill this trope afterward.
* On ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'' [[spoiler:Cindy grabs a drink in Ned's office]] when he makes clear to her that he’s not interested in a serious relationship after she’s told her husband she’s been having an affair.
* ''{{Series/Reba}}'' has some:
** The fifth season episode "Reba and the One": Late in the episode, Reba is enjoying some alone time at a restaurant when Brock and Barbra Jean show up there as well. Desperate to keep the masquerade going, Reba drags another patron to be her pretend date, at one point making an off-hand disparate remark about musicians. After the dust settles, Reba asks him about his occupation. His response: "I'm a musician." Remembering what she said earlier regarding musicians, Reba finishes the glass of wine in her hand in one gulp without a word.
** Early on during the episode "[[DietEpisode Have Your Cake]]", Cheyenne volunteers herself ''and'' Reba into a diet to show support for Barbra Jean, who worries about being overweight, going so far as to tell Barbra Jean she could visit anytime she wants to, 24/7. Then this exchange takes place after Barbra Jean leaves:
-->'''Reba''': Cheyenne, did you just tell Barbra Jean she could come over here 24/7?!
-->'''Cheyenne''': Now, mom, it's important to let her know she has support. Having a support system is how I got over my alcohol addiction.
-->'''Reba''': [[LampshadeHanging Alcohol. Good idea.]]
-->'''Barbra Jean''': (Entering the house) Reba, I've got an idea -- matching sweatshirts. (Leaves)
-->'''Reba''': [[LampshadeHanging Alcohol. And a ''lot'' of it.]]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. In "The Abominable Bride", Inspector Lestrade turns up to consult Sherlock Holmes who, noting how he keeps eyeing the decanter, orders Watson to pour him what he desperately wants. But Watson notes how quickly Lestrade has drained the glass, implying that he didn't "want" a drink, he ''needed'' it as the case Lestrade wants to consult Holmes on has him seriously spooked. Holmes congratulates Watson on his improving powers of observation.

* "Seven Days" by Music/{{Sting}} is about the singer trying to beat a dumb but strong guy for a girl. The second verse ends like this:
--> My rival is Neanderthal, it makes me think\\
Perhaps I need a drink\\
IQ is no problem here\\
We won't be playing scrabble for her hand I fear\\
I need that beer
* "Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic
--> I was just so overwhelmed by its sheer immensity
--> I had to pop myself a beer
* Very many CountryMusic songs about DrowningMySorrows, far too many to count, will also have the narrator explaining this in some way.
* "Teenage Daughters" by Martina [=McBride=], however, is a non-DrowningMySorrows example (it's, obviously, about the highs and lows of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin raising teenage daughters]]). The [[BookEnds first and last stanza]] of the song is:
--> I ain't complaining, but I'm tired, so I'm just saying what I think
--> And if we're being honest, then honestly, I think I need a drink
* Also, there's Terri Clark's "The World Needs a Drink", where she fantasizes about gathering all the world powers together for a drink at the bar to forget their troubles.
* The Drive-By Truckers song "Daddy Needs a Drink".
* "Smoke Break" by Music/CarrieUnderwood is about people who feel stressed out by everyday lives and express this phrase:
-->She said, I don't drink\\
But sometimes I need a stiff drink\\
Sipping from a high, full glass\\
Let the world fade away\\
She said, I don't smoke\\
But sometimes I need a long drag\\
Yeah, I know it might sound bad\\
But sometimes I need a smoke break
* The {{Halestorm}} song "[[BlackSheepHit Here's To Us]]."
-->Here's to you, fill the glass,\\
'Cause the last few days have kicked my ass.
* The Music/JoanJett song ''Too Bad On Your Birthday'' is about consoling someone whose boyfriend just left her [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin on her birthday]] and has a line that goes "if you need a drink babe, I'm buying."
* The video for Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweat's song ''S.O.B.'' begins with Rateliff hiding in a building surrounded by police, causing him to rub his face and declare "Goddamn, I need a drink." This is said a few times in the song itself, as the song is about a person trying to quit booze and going through a [[GoingColdTurkey particularly harrowing detox]].

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* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': In one episode, set on a train station because the theater is being fumigated, Miss Piggy opens a Veterinarian's Hospital sketch by attempting to extract a bottle of wine from a nearby box.

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* After he and Wrestling/TommyDreamer lost to Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys in the main event of (the first)''Wrestling/{{ECW}} One Night Stand'', [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] called for a beer.
* At World-1's August 2005 Return Show, Sumie Sakai wandered to the bar, took a seat and grabbed an unattended drink after being knocked out of the ring by Alere Little Feather.
* In the main event of ''Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH FIFTH YEAR FESTIVAL: FINALE'', which was thought to be Wrestling/SamoaJoe's final ROH match at the time, he wound up walking away after being thrown from the ring by Homicide and getting a beer.[[/folder]]

* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', when it's established that (due to the effects of the Infinite Improbability Drive) Ford and Trillian are the only two members of the core cast who haven't coincidentally met before:
-->'''Zaphod''': Oh, god. ''[rapidly]'' Ford, this is Trillian, Hi. Trillian, this is my semi-cousin Ford who shares three of the same mothers as me. Hi. ''[...]'' Zaphod Beeblebrox, this is a very large drink. ''Hi.''
* In ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'', after finding out that they've not only accidentally [[spoiler:destroyed [[BadBoss Sir Gregory's]] new house, but also put a Victorian Era convenience in it's place]], what's Lennox-Brown's reaction?
-->'''Lennox-Brown''': Get the brandy from the first aid cabinet.

* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'':
-->"Uggh. I need a butterbeer."
* Several productions of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' (including the 2012 film) have Fantine take a swig of something just before she makes her decision to be a prostitute.
* Near the end of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', John Hancock reverses his position on rum in the Congressional chamber after Rutledge and the South walk out over the anti-slavery clause. Not as funny as it sounds, as it's basically the DarkestHour in the debate.
* ''Theatre/TheMoonIsBlue'':
-->'''Patty''' ''(suddenly)'': I'd like a drink.\\
'''David''' ''(promptly)'': Good idea.\\
'''Don''': I thought you considered it high school to drink unless you actually craved it.\\
'''Patty''' ''(defiantly)'': Well, I crave it now.
* In ''Theatre/TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged'' Romeo is about the drink the poison, kiss Juliet, and die. As both characters are played by men, the actor playing Romeo takes another swig of the "poison" before kissing the man lying before him, as if hoping that the stuff will deaden his senses.
* On another Shakespearian note, in RomeoAndJuliet, when the Nurse believes Juliet to be dead, she cries out for "aqua vitae" an archaic term for distilled spirits.
* After the infamous duel in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', Burr sings:
-->I strike him right between his ribs
-->I walk towards him, but I am ushered away
-->They row him back across the Hudson
-->I get a drink
** In the "Laurens Interlude" number, Lafayette and Mulligan react mutely to the news of Laurens' death. Lafayette falls to his knees and weeps. Mulligan takes a pull from a hip flask.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the disgruntled Motor World pedestrians in ''VideoGame/CrashTagTeamRacing'' exasperatedly shouts "I need a drink! That's an understatement."
* In ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' video game, after you complete the Stark Enterprises level, a cutscene with IronMan appears where he looks at the mess you made and, visibly shocked, says "I need a drink."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', Galloway says "I need a drink!" if you annoy him by repeatedly writing gibberish in English class.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', one of Snake's radio support members Para-Medic, who has the job of telling him how to maintain his health and what animals and plants are okay for him to eat, informs him of a certain type of mushroom he has procured that should never be combined with alcohol. Para-Medic being the good physician she is explains that the mushroom inhibits the body's natural ability to absorb and break down alcohol so if you were to go drinking after eating it you would get a hangover from hell. Snake finds this fascinating but he takes Para-Medic's words as an insult asking if she honestly thinks he would risk compromising the mission at hand by drinking alcohol, Para-Medic responds by saying that she is popping back a shot right now as they speak and says that Snake should join her and loosen up. Snake is flabbergasted by Para-Medic and grunts in disgust, who then says that she was only joking, which in frustration causes Snake to mutter under his breath, "Uh... I need a drink.", before ending the conversation.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the phrase "Huugh... I need a drink, who's with me?" is said by a [[LaResistance Rebel Base]] Commander after surviving a [[DeathFromAbove raid]] by a [[TheEmpire Combine]] Hunter-Chopper.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'', "I sure could use a drink." is one of the lines that is uttered by Calib. After all he's been through, like being turned into a zombie and having his god desert him, you can't blame him.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', a Renegade Shepard can destroy businessman Lorik Qui'in's career for being reluctant to testify against a corrupt Administrator. When he finds out, the poor guy's reaction is, "Excuse me, please. I feel the need to order more drinks while I can still afford them."
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3: [[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'', this will be Jack's response to the suggestion that her and Miranda's mutual antagonism is actually BelligerentSexualTension and they should GetARoom. Miranda concurs.
** Also in Citadel, when infiltrating the social gathering at the casino, Shepard can run into a SpoiledBrat socialite. Then, up the stairs, is her father, who's busy getting drunk after dealing with her "self-indulgent phase" all day. When Shepard says that they've met the daughter, the father asks if he/she needs a [[GargleBlaster ryncol]].
** In ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Admiral/Councillor]] Anderson a) watches a lot of material that obviously annoys him (such as a documentary aimed at exonerating the bad guy of the first game) and b) buys a lot of expensive alcohol, usually immediately after watching said material. The inference is obvious, especially given that most of the time where that isn't happening, his work involves [[JerkAss Ambassador Udina]] and/or [[CommanderContrarian the Citadel council]], which would drive ''anyone'' to drink.
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' has an entire side quest started by and devoted to one of these moments, though mostly caused by the fact the usual beer offered just isn't stiff enough. Plus, one of the ways to deal with your Nightmares is to invoke this with Laudanum instead of anything alcoholic, or to go to the Carnival and start guzzling hot wine, nevermind the fact your reputation'll be stained by being caught ''that'' drunk. Thus, many player characters live by this trope, witnessing awful stuff and reacting by drinking like maniacs.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if you [[spoiler: discuss Alistair becoming king and marrying Queen Anora with him and Arl Eamon at Arl Eamon's estate]], Alistair will say, in a shaky voice, "I think I need a drink. Or ten."
** Once Arl Howe explains that he hired the Antivan Crows to assassinate the surviving Wardens, Loghain turns away and drains his goblet.
** In the ''Warden's Keep'' DLC, Levi will react this way after the encounter with [[spoiler:the [[FallenHero demon-possessed Sophia Dryden]]]].
-->'''Levi Dryden:''' [[spoiler:I can't believe my great-great grandmother was still alive! Well, sort of alive. Sort of... dead. I need a drink.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Hawke can invite Varric to share a drink at the Hanged Man after dealing with Bartrand being warped by the lyrium idol in Act II of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Dorian says this after a [[CallingTheOldManOut nasty confrontation with his father]].
-->'''Dorian:''' Now it's time to drink myself into a stupor. It's been that sort of day.
* In ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel'', [[spoiler:returning character Cocona]] is often seen mentioning her need for a drink whenever you end up building some of the more reality-breaking items in the game, such as a floating tablet... out of spare parts.
* More or less implied in a few ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' games. One case that leaps to mind is from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', when the party briefly disbands in Grand Chokmah. You have to relocate a few of your party members. [[ColonelBadass Jade Curtiss]] [[SurroundedByIdiots is in the bar.]]
* During episodes 3, 4 and 5 of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', Kenny has this reaction to most events [[spoiler: (after Duck and Katja have died, Kenny will be unable to refuse any bottles of Whiskey he finds) ]]. Crista also falls prey to this [[spoiler: despite being pregnant]] and Lee has the option to drink with Kenny and Chuck on several occasions.
** PlayedWith in a humourous way in season 2 episode 1, when Clementine has a juice box with her when she has to fix a wound on her arm. The player can invoke the trope by having her sip from the juice box before each step in the process.
* Malvolio Portius requires a glass of Something Expensive before talking about ''VideoGame/WildStar'''s Chua.
* In a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' cinematic trailer, two warriors locked in a life-or-death struggle were soundly defeated by a Pandaren. A later cinematic showed the two of them getting drunk while trying to come to terms with being beaten by a "bear".
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', the phrase is uttered by Shani if you are on the Neutral path during chapter 5. As a doctor, she sets up a field hospital in the middle of a battlefield between the Order and the Scoia'tael and is treating both sides indiscriminately. Scoia'tael members barge in her hospital and, after seeing that she is treating humans, try to kill them and her. After Geralt dispose of them, members of the Order enter the hospital. Shani tells them that they are late and that their help is no longer needed, only for them to start attacking her and her non-humans patients when they realize she is helping non-humans. Once again, Geralt deals with them, leaving behind a bloody mess in the middle of the hospital. At this point, a very shaken and distraught Shani says she needs a drink.
* Implied in ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', which features a distillery where various types of alcohol can be equipped like normal equipment [[BoozeBasedBuff to provide passive bonuses.]] The further along the game goes, the more the Kid levels up and the more booze he can equip at once, which also coincides with the increasing level of terrible crap the Kid experiences in a post-apocalyptic hellhole.
* One Gerudo woman in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' named Deltan can be found at the Noble Canteen drunkenly hunched over a table sobbing over all the [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon men who have rejected her]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' has Yahtzee doing this in the ''VideoGame/DayZ'' review.
-->'''Yahtzee:''' So I started my first game, spawned on the shores of a mysterious land, made for the nearest visible building, and was immediately beaten to death by six squawking working-class zombies in flat caps. Then I paused to have a little drinkie.
** His avatar does this pretty frequently whenever he refers to having to psyche himself up for playing a game he's fairly certain he's going to hate.
* Vegeta in ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 5'', as a result of watching ''Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties'' with Scrooge in ''Ducktalez 4''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'': After Piffany essentially [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-09-17 out-lawyers a pair of devils]], one of them proclaims,
-->'''Devil:''' I do so need a three-martini lunch right now.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'':
** Variation in [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=513 #513]]:
--->'''Marten:''' Jesus CHRIST do I need a drink right now. [[BrainBleach To throw in my EYES]].
** Shortly after Marten vents his bitterness over his latest argument with Dora, Faye decides it's time for [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1798 the emergency bourbon]].
** Marten comes in [[DrowningMySorrows intending to get drunk]] [[spoiler:to take his mind off Dora]]; [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1812 when he sees what Pintsize has done to help him with that]], it requires immediate application of liquor.
** After [[spoiler:reflexively telling Angus she loves him too]], Faye -- who is [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest still recovering from]] [[spoiler:the trust issues from her father's suicide]] -- [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2039 needs a coping mechanism.]]
--->'''Wil:''' I don't believe I know that drink.\\
'''Faye:''' It's easy. You put two ice cubes in a glass, then dump 'em out and fill it with bourbon.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', the titular Doctor goes out to a bar after arguing with his parents. He orders a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila and ''downs the entire bottle in the time it takes the bartender to turn around and get him a shot glass.''
-->'''Dr. McNinja:''' It disappeared! Oh my God! Jose Cuervo must have been a ninja too! HAHAHAHA! *thud*
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Variation in ''Recap/OnTheOriginOfPCs''; when Elan insists [[YouAllMeetInAnInn you have to recruit adventurers in a tavern]], Roy asks "Why? I need adventurers, not a drink. ...Well, not JUST a drink."
** Played straight with the Cliffport Police Chief in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0339.html "C.P.P.D. Blues"]].
--->'''DaChief:''' Looks like I picked the wrong week to [[Film/{{Airplane}} quit sniffing pixie dust]].
** Durkon combines it with BrainBleach in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0688.html "The Comics Must Flow"]].
--->'''Durkon:''' Och, it's times like this, I wish I had a 500-foot-tall bottle o' tequila!\\
'''Roy:''' I don't think that would work to drown the worm.\\
'''Durkon:''' Who said anythin' aboot tha worm? I jus' wanna get too blitzed ta remmemb'r this!
* ''Webcomic/DorkTower'':
** Ken responds to a badly mangled takeoff of O. Henry's ''Gifts of the Magi'':
--->'''Ken:''' If anyone needs me, I'll be seeking the Spirit of Christmas ''Spirits''. 98 proof.
** [[http://www.dorktower.com/2008/09/12/dorktower679/ Bill also gets in on the act]].
--->'''Carson:''' Isn't it premature for Bill to be hitting the celebratory champagne? Oh, never mind, that's vodka.
* In what is likely an homage to ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', at one point in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge,'' [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] mentions "I picked the wrong week to stop snorting [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Energon cubes]].
%%* [[http://starslip.com/2009/04/23/starslip-number-1021/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' strip.
%%* [[http://concessioncomic.com/index.php?pid=20091013 This]] ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/OutThere'': Miriam ''always'' needs a freaking drink. Sherry, Araceli, Rebecca, et. al. ''sometimes'' need a freaking drink. Clayton never needs one, but he'll have one anyway, thank you.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'''s Winston Thurmad suspects he'll need one due to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01970.htm an upcoming discussion with Dvorak and Qwerty]].
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'':
** Abel of all people becomes victim to this trope [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1183.php here]].
** In [[http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1349.php this comic]], Nitemyste [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder responds to a sarcastic question from Wildy]].
--->'''Nitemyste:''' (''pouring a flask into his coffee'') Anyways, with this conversation I now know it's time to upgrade my drink to something stiffer.
* In one of the ''Webcomic/ErfWorld'' summer updates, Parson gets into a discussion with Jack and Maggie about the nature of time in Erfworld. At some point, he realizes that he is either too drunk, or not drunk enough to participate in the conversation. Having no way to sober up, he gambles on the latter, and downs a wineskin.
* John Kossler of ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' goes from TheTeetotaler to this after a particularly bad day.
* Considering the week/months in comic time that the cast of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has been having by [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070418 this point]], it's amazing that Wooster is the first to invoke this trope and that it took that long.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Roxy does this at the end of [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006391 one conversation]].
** Early in ''Hivebent'', Eridan does this while [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004349 pondering]] his [[LoveHurts relationship]] with Feferi. Simultaneously, Feferi does the same thing for the same reason.
--->''Another emotionally exhausting conversation. Too many FEELINGS AND PROBLEMS. It couldn't be any clearer to you. You and this sea princess have splashed down hard into the moirail zone, and now you don't know which way's upward. Perhaps tonight you will reveal your true feelings toward her, and end these exaggerated emotional theatrics once and for all, one way or another.\\
You need a stiff drink.''
* ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'': Three times so far:
** Twilight Sparkle in the Nightmare Moon story arc at Pinkie's surprise party:
--->'''Twilight:''' Well, yes, but... Why...? Ugh, I need a drink!\\
'''DM:''' [[InAndOutOfCharacter In-character or out-of-character]]?\\
'''Twilight:''' BOTH!
** The Dungeon Master in the "Dragonshy" story arc when a major plot hole is pointed out by the players.
** Both Applejack and Twilight Sparkle when confronted by Pinkie Sense in the "Feeling Pinkie Keen" story arc.
* ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'': [[http://www.ainself.net/irony/get_medieval/get_medieval0875.gif here]]
-->'''Sir Gerard:''' Now, I just need a bath and a drink. A ''long'' bath, and a ''big'' drink.\\
'''Eleanor:''' How long and how big?\\
'''Sir Gerard:''' Could we just fill the tub with Ale?
* In ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'', this is how Creator/JaneAusten reacts to ''[[LongTitle Sense and Sensibility and Mister Darcy and Sharks in Space Riding Motorcycles Plus There Is a Time Machine]]''.
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'': [[HitmanWithAHeart Jon]] needs ''lots'' of freaking [[http://www.errantstory.com/2005-11-14/441 drinks]] after he, Sarine and Meji get away from the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Giant Magic Potato]]. Of course, the next OhCrap moment, just minutes later, leaves him SuddenlySober. (Predictably, Sarine is stone sober throughout.)
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': After all she's been through, Fern is only too happy to follow Balmer, Methanyll and Hyde when she finds out they have booze.
* ''WebComic/{{Lackadaisy}}'': After an [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=383 encounter]] with a [[ItMakesSenseInContext ghostly duck]], Wick is seen pouring himself a shot of whiskey with a helpless expression on his face.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheWebcomicRelief, a [[CausticCritic caustic]] webcomic critic, reacted this way after having to review ''{{Webcomic/Sonichu}}''. But then again, [[{{Horrible/Webcomics}} can you really blame him?]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd does this quite a lot in response to always having to play such despicable games. His favorite seems to be Rolling Rock, and he apparently believes that the only thing better than VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 is having a leprechaun bring him beer.
** The trope loses some of its impact due to the sheer amount of Rolling Rock he drinks. Sometimes, though, he'll break out some hard whiskey for when beer, alone, isn't enough for the occasion, such as when he revisited ''Dr. Jekell & Mr. Hyde''.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does this fairly often:
** In the review for ''Titanic: The Animated Movie'', he pulls out progressively larger bottles of Jägermeister until he has one the size of himself. And when it's discovered there's another animated ''Titanic'' movie that's even worse, he shoves that off the desk and calls in one so large it has to be ''airlifted by three helicopters''. And when he reviewed the ''[[RuleOfThree even worse]]'' [[RuleOfThree sequel]] to the second animated ''Titanic'' movie, he summons a bottle that's the ''size of a'' '''''[[UpToEleven planet]]'''''.
** He delivers the line "Booze. I must have booze," in a traumatized monotone during ''Film/BabyGeniuses'', while staggering shell-shocked through a convention, before fishing out a silver flask....
** Then there is ''Film/HowardTheDuck''.
--->'''Critic:''' Uh... how many more {{pun}}s are there going to be in this movie where you simply insert the word "duck" into common, everyday phrases?...\\
'''Caption:''' [1,358 more]\\
'''Critic:''' Okay, I'm just gonna have (''pulls out bottle'') ''this'' on standby, I hope you don't mind.\\
'''Critic:''' Just to check, this, ah, ''idiotic waif'' isn't going to play any major part in this movie, is she?\\
'''Caption:''' [LOVE INTEREST]\\
'''Critic:''' Okay, bottoms up. (''takes a shot'')\\
(''slightly afterwards, he is seen ''chugging'' it straight from the bottle'')
* ''WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown'': In his review of ''Film/SevenPounds'', Film Brain signs off with "...and I need a stiff drink."
* WebVideo/BennettTheSage needed some strong stuff to get through reviewing ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie''. He starts wondering why the hell it's not working before it kicks in and needs a stomach pump commercial break.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara has also done this by tossing back a bottle in a paper bag on occasion. On top of that, every ''Atop The Fourth Wall'' episode reviewing an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Marville}}'' opens with a drunk Linkara. Even when it's a holographic version of him! The very first review ends with this:
-->'''Linkara:''' I'm not gonna review issue two next week. Why? Because if I'm gonna continue with ''Marville'' ''I'M GONNA NEED A LOT OF ALCOHOL!''
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': Spoony did this once. After seeing ''[[Film/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn, part 1]]''. For ''real''. (For added points, he's not much of a drinker, but he does keep a small stock in case of company, so he was dancing from rum to vodka to whisky, and also nursed a can of Diet Coke.) And since he didn't want to drink alone, he had a conference call with Linkara and Creator/JewWario while he expounded upon the outright terribleness of the movie. For ''an hour and a half''.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is a full-blown LadyDrunk, and went straight for the bottle after watching ''The Christmas Shoes''.
* The end of the trivia section on [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/B.O.T._%28episode%29 article]] for the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers G1]] episode B.O.T.:
-->"Good God, I need a stiff drink."
* Played straight on the online Test Cricket radio station [[http://www.testmatchsofa.com/ Test Match Sofa]], frequently admits to being run on booze; so much so that a running jingle says "Won't Someone, anyone, fix me a drink""
* GM Dave of ''[[http://www.bannable-offenses.blogspot.com/ Bannable Offenses]]'' is quite the heavy drinker, mostly due to the fact that he spends 8 hours a day (plus whatever he plays at home) often dealing with the dumbest members of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' in existence, and will occasionally (read, very, very often) use this phrase or a variation thereof. Unsurprisingly, his most vicious (and therefore funniest) punishments come on the rare occasion when he runs out of Jack Daniels. Lord help you if you anger him then...
* ''Roleplay/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' go through [[BrainBleach Bleeproducts]] like water, after most missions.
* Subverted in ''WebVideo/TheBatterysDown'': Molly's cousin tells Dani that [[AcceptableTargets he's Irish]] which means he needs he "needs another fucking drink".
* It's not alcoholic, but the version of Kyle Rayner in ''Roleplay/DCNation'' frequently "needs a sketchpad" in the aftermath of shit hitting fan.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/peanut3423 The Autarch of Flame]] says this occasionally at the end of his countdowns. It becomes a MadnessMantra near the end of his "Top Ten Scariest ''Series/TwinPeaks'' Moments"
* Dr. Shelton says [[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=7319&view=findpost&p=9228842 something like this]] when he starts hearing a voice in his head.
* Said by [[Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream a Great Soft Jelly Thing]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e4vBiN4kts this]] WebAnimation/YouTubePoop.
* WebVideo/TheFanFictionCritic, during her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYBLNhSI40Q review]] of ''FanFic/LegolasByLaura'': "[[RunningGag It's five o'clock somewhere, right?]]" *swig*
* ''WebVideo/WarningReadersAdvisory'': Derek the Bard often finds himself in need of one, and often reaches for a crystal skull full of vodka.
* In ''Literature/PayMeBug'', Grif Vindh says this over, and over, and over.
* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' column "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-celebrity-animals-where-are-they-now-a-drunk-column/ 7 Celebrity Animals: Where Are They Now? (A Drunk Column)]]" was supposed to just be a fun self-imposed drinking game for Soren, but ends with Soren doing this when [[spoiler:he finds out that all his favorite and not so favorite Celebrity Animals are dead]].
--> Drink Count: Hard to say. I've been pouring out a lot of it and reevaluating some things.
* Website/SFDebris:
** The review of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' opens with what might be a fitting metaphor for the film: A bottle of booze!
--->"Like the viewers' hopes, the bottle's dashed within the first few minutes."
** [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings One does not simply walk into VOY without rum]]. *sound of clinking ice*
** In the re-release of "The 37's", Chuck says that whenever someone says "ancient" in Trek, he takes a drink. Not as a drinking game, but as a coping mechanism.
* ''Radio/TrueCapitalist'': Ghost often invokes this trope by name after a particularly effective set of trolls.
* When the sporker of [[http://www.conjugalfelicity.com Conjugal Felicity]] decided to tackle the ''Literature/MaradoniaSaga'', he decides to ignore pointing out the countless spelling and grammar errors in favor of simply taking a drink for each one. When sporking the third book, upon reading a clumsily-written part in which [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil a character is raped]], he tells his readers that "I am now drinking heavily to get that thought out of my head. I apologize if the rest of this sporking does not make any sense."
* In one of the more gentler examples from ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', NiceGuy Creator/UncleYo immediately asks for some Guinness on tab when a drunken depressed Donnie hits on him with the Pocky tagline.
* LetsPlay/ProtonJon, during the Four-Player Battletoads race with LetsPlay/SuperJeenius, LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun, and Pcull, says this after one particularly hard section of Rat Race. The achievement quotes the trope name.
--> Jon: I'm just going to put down the controller at this point, and I'm going to drink something.
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' has a story where the narrator asks, after finally closing the store nearly half an hour past the stated closing time, [[http://notalwaysright.com/finally-closes-the-sale/38960 "Who's buying the first round?"]]
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows says "I need a stiff drink" in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' when he finds out that Malachite's Hand is hidden in the field where they started. The rest of the team don't sound any better.
* ''WebOriginal/TheBookWasBetter'': Krimson Rogue's reaction to the AdaptationDecay of the ''Percy Jackson'' movie is to get hammered. He ends the review by puking his guts out.
* ''WebVideo/BroniesReact'': D.Notive's reaction to receiving the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' trailer is to go make himself a drink -- before even watching a second of it.
* The sporkers of Blog/DasSporking often get involved with this, taking advantage of the fact that most can summon drinks of their choice through various magical means. Mervin often makes use of this, with one memorable instance involving her drinking vodka in orange juice, getting increasingly exasperated with the work she was sporking (''Literature/{{Twilight}}[=/=]Literature/NewMoon'') and as a result adding less and less orange juice to the vodka. By the end, she's drinking vodka with the orange juice added in with an eyedropper.
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', this is encouraged by the Sheriff's Secret Police.
--> "Remember, if you see something, say nothing, and drink to forget."
* ''WebVideo/{{Computerphile}}'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5wpm-gesOY The Problem with Time & Timezones]]. Tom Scott is describing a hypothetical programmer, who created a simple tool that takes two times, in two time zones, and calculates how far apart they are in seconds... and all the exceptions and rule-patches needed to make sure it's accurate. When someone in the Southern hemisphere calls up to tell this hypothetical programmer that they do Daylight Saving Time backwards compared to the Northern hemisphere, the programmer starts "looking longingly at their intoxicant of choice and wondering whether they should have a quick drink before keeping going". [[FromBadToWorse This happens at minute 3 of a 10-minute video]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "Lisa's Sax" has this from [[CaptainErsatz a parody of]] Michigan J. Frog:
--->"We're proud to present on the WB, [[TakeThat another bad show that no-one will see-ee-eee]]! Ugh, I need a drink."
** In "Marge Gets a Job", Groundskeeper Willie wrestles a wolf which escaped from a shooting of Krusty's show and attacked Bart at school. When they are finished, Willie shares a flask of Scotch with the whipped wolf.
--->'''Willie:''' Ah, don't feel bad for losing. I was wrestling wolves back when you were at your mother's teat.
** "A Fish Called Selma": When Troy tries to have sex with Selma to conceive a child (and scotch those pernicious rumours about his fish fetish), he just keeps making suggestive growling noises at the door of their bedroom. Selma wants to break the ice and offers him some wine. He quickly runs to the bed, empties both glasses, and returns to the door to continue growling.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** After Hank gets into a fight with Peggy in a hotel room, he heads to the minibar, sighing and proclaiming, "I need me one of those eight-dollar beers..."
** In the "Returning Japanese" two-parter, Hank and his Japanese half-brother Junichiro are wandering around a subway station looking for Cotton, who plans on [[TooDumbToLive spitting in the face of the emperor]]. They pause, and Hank sees a neon billboard advertising beer. He says he could go for a beer that size. Junichiro ''without hesitation'' goes to the nearest vending machine and buys both of them a beer.
--->"Yep." "Hai."
** During "Edu-macating Lucky" when Luanne announces [[spoiler: she's pregnant with Lucky's child]] Peggy rather calmly sits down, and tell Bobby to get her "A cold towel, and a glass of bourbon."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', an episode has the band awakening a lake troll. In the ensuing chaos, Nathan states he needs ''exactly'' one hundred beers. Cut to the Nathan and the band in a bar, asking for one hundred beers. Earlier, when Offdensen said that the troll was affecting their sales, Pickles also declared he needed a drink. A ''different'' drink, not the one currently in his hand.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys The Dover Boys at Pimento University; or, The Rivals of Roquefort Hall]]'':
-->'''[[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]]:''' Confound those Dover Boys! Oh, how I hate them! I hate Tom! I hate Dick! And I hate Larry! They drive me to ''drink''!\\
(''blurs running over to the bar to pound down drinks at ludicrous speed, with the bartender taking a single drink in the middle; blurs back to original position'')\\
'''Dan Backslide:''' Confound them! ''[[AlcoholHic HIC!]]''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Helga On The Couch," upon learning her daughter will be attending therapy, Miriam Pataki loudly announces, "I need a smoothie." If you watch enough of the show [[ParentalBonus (and you're old enough)]] you know she really means something stronger.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan works are full of these moments, but even the show itself has a few. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Despite its being TV-Y]].
** In the first episode, main character Twilight Sparkle pours herself a glass of what looks like booze while [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] [[MotorMouth talks her ear off]]. It's actually hot sauce, [[FireBreathingDiner much to Twilight's dismay]]. The scene has become a minor [[MemeticMutation meme]] in the fandom in conjunction with the quote from ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' seen above.
** Rarity takes a turn in "Sweet and Elite"; during an upper-crust garden party that her friends have just gatecrashed, she drains a glass of (what appears to be) punch in one shot.
** Berry Punch is usually the one to do this in all fan works, especially so after her scene where she took a taste of the punch straight from the bowl. (Lauren Faust's name for her during the development process was Pinot Noir, for the drink that helped her get through the stress of coordinating a very spread-out team.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** In another children's cartoon example, Jake when he attends a really boring meeting [[ItMakesSenseInContext disguised as Princess Bubblegum]].
--->'''Jake:''' Ugh. (''turns to a prince'') Buy a [[DisguisedInDrag lady]] a drink?
** In "Another Five Short Graybles", Jake Jr. pours herself some more "juice" in response to Finn and Jake being annoying.
** "Bad Timing" has Princess Bubblegum pour herself what [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar looks like whiskey]] after watching LSP cry.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Crisis 23300 miles above the Earth!", has ComicBook/MartianManhunter say he needs a [[TrademarkFavoriteFood cookie]] once Aquaman starts singing whale songs at the party the Justice League is hosting for the Justice Society. He was earlier shown eating a boxful out of nerves, and even pours the rest of another box into his mouth before joining the massive brawl breaking out between the two teams. So while it's more kid friendly, the effect is the same. In the comics it's explained that due to his physiology that Oreos are literally as addictive as drugs to him. So for him it is a "drink".
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** In the episode "Oedipal Panties", Roger has been trying to keep himself off of alcohol, only to go back to drinking when he sees [[{{Squick}} Stan giving his mother a scrubbing in the bathtub]].
** In the episode "1600 Candles", Stan and Francine have been altering Steve's age with a serum to avoid dealing with the same puberty-induced violent mood swings they suffered through with Hayley's puberty. After Francine accidentally turns him five in a bid to keep him 14, Stan tries to instead age him to 21, happily musing about his plan to Francine after he gives Steve the serum. When Steve appears, aged all the way to 80 years old, Fran simply groans "Oh my God" in disgusted resignation and downs both shots of whiskey that Stan had poured for him and Steve to share.
* Comes up in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', where Korra, Asami, and a group of Earth Nation soldiers escape from the desert (and the giant burrowing land shark that tried to eat them) and find themselves at a town. One of them notices a... unique mount tied up outside the city.
-->'''Soldier:''' Captain, have we been out in the desert too long, or is that a ''dragon'' over there?\\
'''Captain:''' Ugh, come on. Let's go get a drink...
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "College Of Hard Knocks," Olive hands Popeye what he thinks is a diploma. It turns out to be a marriage license.
-->'''Popeye:''' '''''YEOWWW!!''''' (''to us, wearily'') I needs me spinach!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'': Upon hearing that Dracula's [[LegionsOfHell Horde]] has been spotted near town, a man named Peter runs into the local pub demanding an ale. He downs his drink in one breath before telling the other patrons the news.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Several air forces (US and UK come to mind) would hand their pilots a shot of whiskey after returning from a mission during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and other wars.
* ''Lost Moon'', a memoir by Jim Lovell (the commander of spaceflight Film/{{Apollo 13}}) recounted an incident from his military days, in which he had to land on a darkened aircraft carrier at night as part of a training exercise. First, his tracking beacon locked onto the wrong signal, putting him miles off course. Then, as he tried to find the carrier again, he accidentally shorted out the lights in his plane, leaving him unable to see his instruments. Ironically, this lights failure allowed Jim to see the glowing algae in the wake of the carrier, and so he found his ship, but his plane's lights were still out, meaning he was ''aiming at an unlit runway in the dark with only a penlight to view his instruments.'' [[ComingInHot His landing, as a consequence, was rougher than the norm]]. Upon exiting the cockpit, the ship's doctor offered him brandy, saying "Have a little medicine, on me." He downed most of it in one gulp.
** Other airforces (USSR and Japan) pass around the liquor ''before'' the mission.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Shutzstaffel (SS) troopers working in 1941-2 to execute "undesirables"]] in Soviet Russia in UsefulNotes/WW2 (generally Jewish civilians) by shooting them at close range were provided with alcohol in the evenings. They partook heavily. [[BlackComedy The sing-a-long sessions were drastically less popular.]] [[note]]Suicide was also not uncommon.[[/note]]
* TruthInTelevision for many many people. Reasons for falling into this trope are usually from very high stress environments including but not limited to: college homework projects, corporate/work projects, a new baby, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or playing]] ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy''.
* In general, nobody is allowed to eat or drink anything -- except perhaps water -- in the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem British House of Commons]] chamber. There is one exception: the Chancellor of the Exchequer is allowed to have an alcoholic beverage while delivering the Budget speech. Considering how long (George Osborne's 2010 Budget speech lasted 55 minutes, and that's short; UsefulNotes/WilliamGladstone's 1853 Budget ran nearly five straight hours) and important the speech tends to be -- to say nothing of all-too-likely Opposition heckling -- the Chancellor is well-advised to take advantage of that exception. Past chancellors have opted for:
** Water (the pansies): George Osborne (UsefulNotes/DavidCameron's Chancellor), Alastair Darling (UsefulNotes/GordonBrown's), Gordon Brown (UsefulNotes/TonyBlair)
** Whiskey: Kenneth Clarke (UsefulNotes/JohnMajor)
** Spritzer: Nigel Lawson[[note]]Yes, [[Creator/NigellaLawson her]] dad[[/note]] (UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher)
** Gin and tonic: Geoffrey Howe (Thatcher again)
** Brandy and water: UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli (himself)
** Whisky: UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill (UsefulNotes/StanleyBaldwin, 1925)
** Sherry and beaten egg: The aforementioned Gladstone (several [=PMs=], including himself. The aforementioned longest speech ever was under UsefulNotes/TheEarlOfAberdeen; he only drank one glass for that one, so... kudos.)
* While smoking and eating may be banned, the House of Commons does offer its members free snuff, a powdered form of tobacco that is inhaled. This is due to the smoking ban being implemented in 1693 when tobacco use was far more common.
* After the historical Battle of Rorke's Drift the real Henry Hook -- a teetotaler -- stunned his companions by getting in line for the grog ration. "After all that," he explained, "I feel I need a little something."
* When person has low blood pressure (or other problems which has similar symptoms), one of the things that might help them temporarily is bit of alcohol. Coffee and few other things have similar results, but alcohol is also calming on their nerves. And its faster to take quick shot than sit with hot coffee.
* Pi mnemonic: "How I need a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics." Count the letters. 3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9...
* In 1995, orthopedic surgeon Angus Wallace had to treat a woman with tension pneumothorax -- on an ''in-flight airplane''. He first used cognac to sterilize his [[MacGyvering improvised surgical equipment]] (for example, a coat-hanger for a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trocar trocar]]) and, after the surgery was successful, the rest of it to calm his nerves.
* The [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] abolished the rum ration in 1970, but temporarily reauthorized it in 1982 because of the Falklands War.
* A quote from a drug and alcohol counselor: "Do you know why people turn to alcohol? Because it works. People wouldn't drink if it didn't."
* [[Creator/TheSportsGuy Bill Simmons']] friend Daniel needed one when the two were watching the infamous "Game 162," in which the 2011 Red Sox blew a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 9th against the Baltimore Orioles and minutes later watch the Tampa Bay Rays come back from a 7-0 deficit and beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in extra innings, capping off the largest September collapse in baseball history (the Red Sox had a 9-game lead for the AL Wild Card on September 3rd). The line itself comes in at 8:45 PM PDT on Simmons' [[http://grantland.com/features/a-running-diary-game-162/ live blog of the games.]]
* Creator/MikeDuncan, creator of ''Podcast/TheHistoryOfRome'' and ''Podcast/{{Revolutions}}'', has noted that after finishing recording an episode of both of these series (a grueling process, involving insane amounts of reading, writing, editing, and then finally several takes recording the script), he has a large, stiff drink (usually a beer).
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Italian army used to distribute extra rations of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grappa grappa]] before launching an attack.
* Not always booze; the British National Grid's biggest ever power surge came after losing a UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup semi-final against Germany. The surge was caused by half the country [[SpotOfTea needing a bloody cuppa]].