I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!


Don't you think you've described enough tropes already?

Hey, I'll TELL you when I've described too many!

A character is having a lot to drink, induced by sorrow or otherwise, and The Bartender tries to gently get this character to stop. This character will then react angrily. Often, the bartender asks "Don't you think you've had enough?", and the character snaps "I'll tell you when I've had enough!", hence the name.

Nowadays, it's almost a Discredited Trope due to having as many parodies, usually involving someone Drunk on Milk or drinking an absurdly small amount, as straight uses.

Also, even though people in Real Life are prone to do this, bartenders don't stop at asking. A bar can lose its license to serve alcohol by serving overly intoxicated customers in most jurisdictions, and the bartender may face legal repercussions, too. They will simply refuse to serve a seriously intoxicated customer any more alcohol, and if the customer makes a fuss, well, that's why bars have Bouncers.

Some unscrupulous bartenders want to use a customer's intoxicated state to coax more money out of them, but don't want them to get any more drunk, so they will water down the drinks or replace alcoholic components of cocktails with non-alcoholic substitutes (which is very easy with fruity cocktails or "bitch drinks", as the fruit flavors traditionally overpower the alcohol anyways), with the drunk none the wiser due to the body's inability to detect alcohol past a certain intoxication threshold.

Almost the mantra of The Alcoholic.

Contrast No More for Me.


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  • In Moving Pictures:
    Barman: You don't think you've had enough, do you?
    Death: I know when I've had enough.
    Barman: Everyone says that, though.
    Death: I know when everyone has had enough.
  • Henry in The Secret History, only with pills.
  • Subverted in the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series. Callahan believes his customers are adults and normally won't question how much they want to drink. He WILL, however, take their car keys as he doesn't want anyone who's had too much to drive home drunk.

    Live Action Televison 
  • In a skit on A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Stephen, as the barman, asks a worse-for-wear looking Hugh if he's sure he wants another drink as he's had six already, and is told "You just keep 'em coming!" Stephen says "Righto, your funeral", and pours another blackcurrant cordial.
  • Supernatural. In "Defending Your Life", Dean is drinking double-shots of whiskey and has no intention of slowing down. Until the attractive female bartender says she finishes work in an hour and doesn't want him passing out. So Dean decides to switch to beer.

  • A variation is used in I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
    David: I'll...have the shame again, Sham...
    Barkeep: Don't you, uh...don't you think you've had enough, Mr. Hatch?
    David: Enough!? Shure I've had enough! Of this crazy, go-ahead, shtinkin' world...that'sh what I've had enough of!
  • On Cabin Pressure, when Douglas and Arthur are knocking back pineapple juice in Uskerty airport:
    Douglas: Gerry, two more pineapple juices over here.
    Gerry: Er, d'you not think maybe you've had enough?
    Douglas: No, I don't.
    Gerry: Only they're quite acidic. You can get yourself a stomach ulcer.
    Douglas: Don't worry, Gerry. We can handle our juice.
  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama "The Revolution'', Bernice Summerfield is asked if she's had enough (while lying on the floor) and asks if the bartender has a scientific test for inebriation. The bartender, Renk van Magnastein, suggests attempting to say his name.

    Web Comics 
  • In Narbonic, Dave, after drowning his sorrows, moves from the bar to the coffee shop, where he snarls at Calliban the demonic barrista "I'll tell you when I've had enough Mocha Talls, dammit!"
  • A flashback in Captain SNES: The Game Masta had this exchange, after King Hippo witnessing some really disturbing events:
    Bartender: I think you've had enough root beer, sir.
    King Hippo: Your name's Newton, right?
    Bartender: Yes.
    King Hippo: Then I haven't had enough.

    Web Original 
  • In Ani, Obi-Wan Kenobi proves that this phrase is much more effective when combined with a Jedi Mind Trick.
    Bartender: I think you've had enough.
    Obi-Wan: I'll tell you when I've had enough!
    Bartender: You'll tell me when you've had enough!

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    Western Animation 
  • In an Alvin and the Chipmunks episode that spoofed King Kong, Theodore was at a bar, and when the bartender asked the question, Theodore snapped "More carrot juice!"
  • Bleeding Gums Murphy of The Simpsons revealed in flashback that his lost his music fortune on his $1000 a day habit, buying Faberge Eggs. Cue Murphy at the counter of a jewelry store demanding another egg while the jeweler asks "Don't you think you've had enough?".
  • Bobby from King of the Hill says this when the owner of the deli he's at tries to convince him he's had enough chicken liver.
  • On Rocko's Modern Life, in the episode "Who's For Dinner", Heffer runs away from home after discovering he's adopted. A diner waiter tells Heffer he's had enough French fries to eat, and Heffer yells in response, "I'll tell you when I've had enough, you greasy plate jockey!" Then he tries to eat the dijon mustard stain on the waiter's apron.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode "6th Grade Girls", Maria's boyfriend Tommy does this at the school dance with cups of punch.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Best Night Ever", Spike gets ditched by the main characters and spends a lonely evening at the local donut shop:
    Spike: Hey, Pony Joe! Another donut.
    Pony Joe: Don't you think you've had enough?
    Spike: (Slams cocoa mug down on the counter) Another donut! EXTRA SPRINKLES!
  • Invoked by Freakazoid! in the epic Spit Take scene in the episode "And Fan Boy Was His Name":
    Freakazoid: Hey Mike, enough with the bells! note 
    Freakazoid: Well cut it out and give me another.
    Mike: Hey, slow down Mr. F, it's not like Expendable Lad is dead or anything, he's just in the hospital with a bruised clavicle!
    Freakazoid: I said give me another one! CURSE YOUR TINY PAPER HAT! If I want to blitz myself into some papaya-induced hallucination, that's my business...
  • Used in Home Movies when Jason became addicted to candy in one episode.
  • Parodied in Drawn Together, when Captain Hero is drinking lemonade and seemingly getting drunk off of it. He gives this line when asked if he's had enough, then demands "the whole lemon." He proceeds to squeeze the entire lemon into the cup and drink the lemon juice straight. Needless to say, his face implodes.
  • Used in Rocket Power after Otto costs Reggie a really cool birthday party at the skate park. She loads up on fries from the shack (with extra salt) until Tito cuts her off and makes a sarcastic remark about her driving home.

    Real Life 
  • One issue in the Modern Drunkard Magazine about André the Giant says that once a bartender wanted him to leave so he will be able to close, as he didn't want to, the bartender told him that he could stay only as long as he keeps drinking (the thing of Andre being a wrestler may have something to do with it); Andre finished up at 5:00 AM.