Bob likes his booze. ''[[TheAlcoholic A lot.]]'' He may be a recreational alcoholic, or drinks to [[DrowningMySorrows escape remembering]] his DarkAndTroubledPast. Fate, being a cruel and fickle mistress, has other ideas. Alice drags Bob (usually shambling and slurring rather than kicking and screaming) somewhere without liquor of any kind. The reasons vary; Alice may be doing an intervention, she may be trying to save his life from people out for his blood, or Bob (all by his lonesome) stumbled onto a [[PutOnABus bus]]/ship/plane/rocket/FarsideIsland to a place where the only spirits are of the figurative variety.

Effectively, Bob has been [[TitleDrop nailed to the wagon]] and will be forced to go sober against his wishes. He'll whine, complain and take every opportunity to get a drop of booze. (Oddly, he will seldom see PinkElephants, although in RealLife, they are the consequences of withdrawal rather than drunkenness.) However, once he's over a rather epic hangover and finishes his physical withdrawal, he'll do the emotional equivalent of curling into a ball in a corner because now he can no longer avoid facing his life. If he can resolve whatever emotional hangups were leading him to drink the sadness away, he may decide that being sober is better, and it will stick. If he's fundamentally unchanged, he'll jump OffTheWagon into the nearest vat of beer.

Despite the use of beer in the description, this trope also applies to other forms of drugs. Notably [[NotAMorningPerson caffeine]]. Compare GoingColdTurkey, when the sudden withdrawal is a voluntary decision on Bob's part.

Compare NoMatterHowMuchIBeg, where the character makes the decision to shut himself away from temptation, with friends enlisted to enforce that decision after the fact.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El-Hazard]]'''s Mr. Fujisawa: He hates being sober, but he gains super-strength from it, so the other characters enter a conspiracy to keep him off the bottle. He doesn't take it well. And while El-Hazard does have native alcoholic beverages, in the OAV at least, Fujisawa is also a smoker and El-Hazard has no tobacco equivalent. Fujisawa runs out of smokes about half way through the last episode and [[MustHaveNicotine the nicotine cravings]] kick in just in time for the finale. Good thing it turns out that it turns his sober level super-strength UpToEleven.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{Tintin}} and the Picaros'' has Captain Haddock getting slipped a drug by Professor Calculus that makes him extremely nauseated whenever he takes a sip of liquor. He's none too pleased when he finds out.
** ''Red Rackham's Treasure'' has all his whisky onboard replaced with the pieces to Professor Calculus's submarine; he's none too pleased when he finds steel plates instead of his beloved whisky. Thankfully (for him) he doesn't have to wait ''too'' long after the discovery that his beloved alcohol has gone missing; once the wreck of the ''Unicorn'' is discovered, they find it's full of bottles of rum, which are (surprisingly) still drinkable with only the usual effects.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' Littlepip is tranquilized by Velvet Remedy and dragged to a rehab clinic when her addiction to Party-Time Mint-Alls gets out of control.

* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', when Elizabeth and Jack are dropped off on a remote island by Barbossa, Elizabeth is annoyed to discover that, rather than being as remote as Jack led people to believe, it was actually a hideaway for rumrunners. Jack plans to get piss-drunk, and does so. After he passes out, Elizabeth take the opportunity to use all the rest of the rum as fuel for a honking huge signal bonfire. It works, but Jack is more hung up on the fact that ''[[MemeticMutation all the rum is now gone]]''.
* Jeff Portnoy, Jack Black's character from ''Film/TropicThunder''.
* Nathan Algren in ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. A chronic alcoholic for almost a decade after being forced to [[MyGreatestFailure slaughter an innocent Indian village]], he takes a job in Japan to train Imperial conscripts and is subsequently injured and captured during their first real battle. While he's on the mend, Taka gives him sake at first, but then withholds it after seeing how desperately he needs it. Algren asks for sake, then screams for it, then screams period at the guilty memories he can't drown in booze anymore.
* Renton has his parents, in ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'', lock him in his room to force himself through withdrawal. In his case, he ''does'' see PinkElephants. Specifically, a baby crawling towards him on the roof. It gets worse, but it sticks eventually.
* In ''Film/{{Cornered}}'', the storeowner forces his junkie nephew, who is craving for a fix, to stay in the apartment above the store every night until he's well.
* To make sure he's sober before his hearing, Denzel Washington in ''{{Film/Flight}}'' is confined to his hotel room with a security guard barring exit and entry, with a mini-bar stocked with nothing harder than Diet Coke. [[spoiler:The unlocked adjacent room, however, has a fully stocked mini-bar.]]
* In ''Film/{{Resolution}},'' our hero chains his friend to the wall to make him get straight. This turns out to be a ''very bad idea''.
* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', after two drunk angels quit, {{God}} decrees that the rest of them can no longer drink alcohol. The booze-loving Metatron resorts to sipping and then spitting out his drinks.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' has a sexual variant when Sir Galahad the Chaste gets sidetracked to a [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere castle full of promiscuous girls]]. He's about to give in when Sir Lancelot nails him back to the wagon in an UnwantedRescue.
* In ''Film/FatherGoose'' Walter is nailed to the wagon twice in the same movie:
** In the first instance his friend and employer Cmdr. Houghton hides his booze around the island that Walter is using as a coastwatching base, giving him the hiding places only when Walter radios in with Japanese troop movements. Houghton then has to give up all the booze locations as incentive to get Walter to go on a risky mission.
** Having got all the booze, the mission turns out to be the rescue of (initially) prudish school teacher Catherine and her students. Catherine then arranges for the children to steal all the booze and hide it again.
* ''Film/{{Ghost}}'': The "subway ghost" has learned how to manipulate objects (and teaches the protagonist), but not enough to light and smoke a cigarette (which apparently was his addiction when he was living). "I'd do anything for just one drag!"

* One day, an alcoholic, a heroin addict and a smoker go to Heaven. Saint Peter tells them that in order to access Heaven, they will be locked in a room with an infinite supply of their favorite drug for a year and, should they use it even once, they'll go to Hell. One year later, Saint Peter finds the alcoholic laying in a pile of empty bottles and the heroin addict full of needles, but the smoker calmly sits in the middle of the room with not a single cigarette used. Saint Peter congratulates him and asks how he did it. The smoker calmly anwers : "You forgot the lighter."

* Long Joseph in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', who was the father to one of the heroes, drank to avoid responsibility for his children and sadness over his wife's death. He's forced sober when they hole up in an abandoned government base to escape assassins.
* In ''Literature/ShipsOfMerior'', Asandir makes sure that Dakar (a well-established drunk, glutton, and lech) keeps a hastily-given promise (which he fully intends to break) by cursing him so that the finest alcohol tastes like turpentine, the tastiest food tastes like shit, and the thought of getting with a woman gives him sharp pains in his groin, until he gets off his stubborn duff and catches up with Arithon.
** Later, in ''WarsOfLightAndShadow/WarhostOfVastmark'', Arithon ensures that Dakar remain sober by pitching all the alcohol over the side of the ship while Dakar is passed out.
* During the UsefulNotes/GulfWar, P.J. O'Rouke was sent by ''Rolling Stone'' to join the war correspondents in Saudi Arabia, and recounted that because the strictly Islamic nation was dry in more ways than one, some of them sobered for the first time in years (himself possibly included), and found that "what they thought was the pain of genius was actually a hangover".
* Upon the announcement of the Quarter Quell in ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'', Peeta dumps all of Haymitch's liquor, much to the latter's dismay. This is in spite of the fact that Haymitch had previously had a rather terrifying withdrawal when he ran out of liquor, but the sobriety doesn't last long anyway.
* As apparent revenge against Maladict ([[AddictionDisplacement a vampire]]), a soldier in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' steals Maladict's coffee machine and beans, resulting in a vampire getting more and more insane and having mind flashes [[note]]One of his comrades sees not a Eruopean-style forest and hills about her but a jungle with a helicopter in the air and looking for "Charlie"[[/note]] and willing to revert to drinking blood as the book goes on. It turns out Strappi's just a [[TheNeidermeyer bastard]], and it helps that he [[VanHelsingHateCrimes hates Mal]]. Though attempted [[TeamKiller murder]]-by-proxy was maybe not the best way to show it.
* Eddie of Creator/StephenKing's ''[[Franchise/TheDarkTower Dark Tower]]'' books gets nailed to the wagon when [[spoiler: Roland kidnaps him into a heroin-less Mid-World through a magic door in ''The Drawing of the Three''. Notably, the nailing is permanent]].
** Also happens to Jack in King's ''Literature/TheShining'', since all liquor was removed from the Overlook during the hotel's shutdown for the winter.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Proven Guilty'', [[spoiler:Molly Carpenter]] inflicts this on an addict by using BlackMagic to rewire their cravings into prohibitive revulsion for their drug of choice. Although it's effective and well-intentioned, it's also a form of MindRape for overriding their free will.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', Doctor Grant (who is from the late 1940s and believes SmokingIsCool) is injected with nanobots that hurt him when he smokes.
* This happens to Hal in Season 4 of ''Series/BeingHumanUK'' to get him off blood.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Dean and Bobby lock Sam up in the panic room to "detox" from demon's blood.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Dr. Rush. Involuntary caffeine and nicotine withdrawal (he was a heavy smoker and coffee drinker on Earth but they could only grab emergency supplies and they didn't include coffee or cigarettes) was amongst the reasons why he blacked out in the middle of a rant.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye and Trapper are forced to remain sober after their beloved still is confiscated by Frank Burns. They are disturbed to discover just how dependent they have become on their rotgut gin.
** In another episode, one of BJ's patients turns out to have a morphine addiction. When BJ finds out, he turns to this trope, and after an agonizing (for the patient, at least) [[GoingColdTurkey half an episode]], the patient seemingly kicks the habit.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has him attempt to counsel his agent Bibi into quitting smoking. He ends up holing her up in his apartment for three days, but in the end all the encouragement she needs is to be reminded that her "84 year-old and on his third pacemaker" fiancé won't marry her unless she quits.
* Charlie from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is a heroin addict until he crashes on the island, where he has no access to drugs. [[spoiler: [[OffTheWagon Or so he thinks.]]]]
* In the ''Series/Babylon5'' episode "Objects at Rest", Londo visits Sheridan and Delenn at their home on Minbar to give them a gift, where there is no alcohol on the premises (or likely easily obtainable on the planet), due to the Minbari having a huge neurological aversion to alcohol that gives them a psychotic reaction to it. This is actually an unfortunate thing for Londo and all involved, given that [[spoiler: alcohol is the only thing that can temporarily disable [[PuppeteerParasite the Keeper]] that controls Londo, and disabling it is the only way that Londo can warn the couple of [[ItMakesSenseInContext the danger of the gift he brings them]]. (Likely the same Keeper also prevented Londo from packing booze for the trip, though he drank plenty on Centauri Prime, where the Drakh who controlled him through the Keeper could watch him directly as well.)]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'':
** Binkley once forced his father to quit cigarettes cold turkey by disposing of all of those in their house and hiding his wallet and his car keys so he couldn't go out and buy more.
** Opus hid Steve Dallas's cigarettes. This might not have been his best idea.
*** "Even with nicotine IN his bloodstream, Steve is a maniac!"
*** Steve: "WHERE'D YA HIDE 'EM?! ... POUND! POUND! POUND!"[[note]] Steve is trying to break open the bathroom door while tied to a chair, wearing only underpants, and clenching a fire ax ''in his teeth.'' [[/note]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', following the fourth Palace, the gang spends a week rehabilitating resident Main/{{Hikikomori}} Futaba [[spoiler: Sakura, who had spent two years shut away in her room at Sojiro's house due to the trauma of her mother's apparent suicide and the subsequent shunning she received from her family]]. Somewhat [[AvertedTrope averted]] in that, while she takes numerous opportunities to hide behind someone or wear a mask, she clearly wants to improve and has little trouble adding to conversations or even holding them if the subject interests her.

* This happens to Liriel, aka "Blueberry" in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', notable for her being a teenager by drow standards (but chronologically in her thirties). She's forced sober because Ariel takes her (she's Ariel's slave) to the overworld to look for a friend and her alcohol stash is destroyed in an attack. She grows increasingly loopy as time goes on and at one point attempts to ''eat'' some grass, taking [[ Kyo'nne's earlier reference to there being "herbs" on the surface that can get you high]] a bit too literally. Liriel's reason for alcoholism? [[spoiler:She was trying to suppress the pain of Diva'ratrika's [[DemonicPossession Aura Possession]], and being forced off the wagon finally lets Diva break through fully.]]
* Phillip from ''Webcomic/{{Goats}}'' during the whole multiverse arc. He's kept prisoner in a "dry dimension" where there's no beer.
* Rumisiel from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' is forced to stay sober while living with Ash and her dad. It's a work in progress for all of them.
* Tanked gets NailedToTheWagon in ''Webcomic/BearNuts'' chapter 29: "Tanked Goes Dry", when one of Evil's pranks causes the zoo to lose it's liquor license, cutting off Tanked's supply. None of the other bears are particularly happy about this since Tanked starts throwing tantrums all over the place. The following chapter (":[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Origin Of Tanked]]") reveals that, thanks to a particular childhood experience, going sober might be legitimately bad for Tanked.
* [[EruditeStoner Gamzee Makara]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' gets nailed to the wagon when he runs out of [[FantasticDrug sopor slime]] to make pies from. The slime is known to have degenerative effects on troll's brains. To say "shit hits the fan" is putting it lightly, considering that [[spoiler:he murders Equius, Nepeta, and attempts to off Terezi.]]

* One ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' villain's StartOfDarkness resulted from his legally mandated sobriety.
* ''WesternAnimation/LifesAZoo'': Happens to the entire cast in "Self Helpless" when all the housemates are forcibly deprived of their addictive vices.
* In the Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', Bloo ties Mac to a bed in order to prevent him from eating any candy, setting off his maniacal SweetTooth.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Trap-Trap", Kaeloo forces Quack Quack to go without [[GRatedDrug yogurt]] for an hour. He then experiences withdrawal symptoms and finally goes insane and tries to cannibalize everyone after [[MeatOVision hallucinating them as yogurt containers.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[ A smoker]] was on a long distance Coach bus--[[MustHaveNicotine that didn't allow smoking]]. When she just couldn't take it anymore, she got up and exited the bus while it was on the highway, dying in the process.
* Very much TruthInTelevision, as any medical professional working in a holiday destination can testify. A nice family vacation in some remote mountain village, and daddy cut off from all his usual secret sources of booze, makes for an exciting trip to your local hospital to treat withdrawal symptoms. Which can be life-threatening, so DontTryThisAtHome.
* Also TruthInTelevision for people looking for rentals. In ''many'' places, even outdoor off-property smokers are refused or evicted, so the choice often comes down to quit smoking (or lie about it and hope to never be caught), pay far more for a less controlling roommate, or be homeless. Also extends to alcohol for some roommates/living situations - there are some that will evict people for as much as having a can of beer in their room.
* Many visitors to Muslim countries find that getting booze can be quite difficult, expensive, or both, resulting in severe cutbacks to consumption or even total sobriety. The reaction to this varies, but Central Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East are not considered great destinations for boozehounds.
* An almost-literal version of being nailed to the wheel: when the British Army abolished flogging in 1881, the draconian Field Punishment Number One was substituted. This was in use until after the end of UsefulNotes/WW1 and only abolished in 1923. Used for offences just short of court-martial, including and often imposed for habitual drunken-ness, the punishment involved tying the offender by wrists and ankle to a wheel. Whether or not this wheel belonged to a vehicle in motion was at the whim of the officer. The punishment was explicitly referred to as "crucifixion" and was probably the last survival of the mediaeval punishment of "breaking on the wheel". [[note]] The British Army probably did away with it for practical reasons - in the 1920's it moved from horse-drawn wagons with spoked wheels to motorised transport - with far smaller wheels that lacked spokes and which would have been impossible to tie offenders to.[[/note]]. [[ An appalled observer of one punishment wrote]]:
-->"One fine evening two military policemen appeared with a handcuffed prisoner, and, in full view of the crowd and villagers, tied him to the wheel of a limber, cruciform fashion. The poor devil, a British Tommy, was undergoing Field Punishment Number One, and this public exposure was part of the punishment. There was a dramatic silence as every eye watched the man being fastened to the wheel, and some jeering started. Lashing men to a wheel in public was one of the most disgraceful things in the war."