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->''"I gotta lay off the pills, I'm seein' shit."''
-->-- [[AC:P]]atrol [[AC:I]]nvestment [[AC:G]]roup guard, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''

Some startling, extraordinary event occurs, and a bewildered spectator (archetypally, a lone tramp with a bottle) decides that some consumable he/she is working on is causing [[PinkElephants hallucinations]], and promptly throws it away. They might also take a vow of sobriety out loud (often with one hand raised), or write down a pledge to stop drinking or drugging.

If the person realizes their eyes and/or mind is not playing tricks on them, they may either recant or find a loophole in their decision.

As one of those "old-fashioned" comedy gags, it's [[DiscreditedTrope rarely played straight nowadays]]. It may be a throwback to the time of Prohibition, when the methanol in poorly-brewed bathtub gin could easily cause brain damage and blindness.[[note]]Or to the Great Depression, when alcoholic bums often resorted to drinking Sterno. The methanol would get 'em high, but it would also attack their optic nerves.[[/note]]

Contrast INeedAFreakingDrink (where the situation will make someone on screen turn to drinking).


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', Pegasus awakens from a horrific nightmare and swears, "No more white wine spritzers for me." ''[[ExactWords Red]]'' wine spritzers are just fine, though, as we learn in his very next scene.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': A guy with a beer sees a couple of giant Digimon fighting...and simply laments that he's wasted his life.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=12389 Fleeting Image]] inverts this in its FlavorText: when the floating thing comes ''back'', Horas decides [[INeedAFreakingDrink laying off the booze was the wrong decision]].

* Johnny Gardhouse does a bit where he describes this as his response to encountering the giant 50-foot moose statue outside of Moosejaw, Saskatchewan ('"...ten feet from the highway.. ON A CURVE"')

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Seeing something startling in a particular truck, Fall Swanhilde in ''ComicBook/WetMoon'' sniffs at a carton of possibly-expired orange juice.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' puts a twist on this. When a gardener spots what appears to be Lord Julius in a ''dress'' (ItMakesSenseInContext), he pulls out his flask, takes one last swig, then throws the rest away.
* In one storyline in ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', a drunk stumbles into an alley and runs into the irate goats pulling Thor's chariot, who've been stranded in the alley while Thor is...temporarily discommoded. He promptly declares he's going on the wagon. Later on, he goes back on it and winds up in the same alley, where he's confronted with the goats, the chariot, and ''[[BalefulPolymorph a 6'6 frog in full Thor regalia]]''. As he flees, he swears that this time he really ''really'' is never going to touch the stuff again.
* In Creator/DonRosa's ''[[{{ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck}} Of Ducks, Dimes, and Destinies]]'', a man sees a time-traveling Magica de Spell magically alter her clothes, and in the next panel his arm can be seen in the background, pouring out the beer he was drinking.
** Another Rosa story, ''A Matter Of Gravity'', has Magica alter Donald and Scrooge's personal gravity, causing them to "fall" sideways like they would otherwise fall downwards. At one point they're in the park, standing sideways on a tree, trying to think of a way to get to Magica before she can get away. A picknicker spots them, does a double take, then throws away the pickled sausage he's eating and sniffs the brine suspiciously.
* In ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' issue "Prisoner of Buddha", Spirou decides to shut Fantasio's rambling up by using the Gamma-Ray Energy Device on him, promptly making Fantasio fly out of a hotel window outside before being pulled in. In the process of floating in midair, Fantasio has a short conversation with a man drinking whiskey on the floor ''below'' him, through the window. Cut to the next panel of the man pouring the whiskey to the sink, saying "No more 'Morning Whiskeys' for me."
* In ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'', this happens to Captain Haddock on various occasions, like when he sees Professor Calculus's portrait speak to him in ''The Seven Crystal Balls''. Of course [[TheAlcoholic he can never stick with it]].
* A ''ComicBook/WonderWartHog'' story from 1967 has alter ego Philbert Desanex in a San Francisco park full of hippies needing to change into superhero mode. He casually strolls into a circle of marijuana smokers, disappears into the cloud of smoke, and flies out in costume. One smoker nervously declares "No thanks, man, I've had enough!"
* When ComicBook/{{Asterix}}, Obelix, Cacofonix, and the fakir Watziznehm are flying to India in ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet'', they stop by a Roman legionary camp and ask for directions. A drunk legionary, upon seeing the group on their flying carpet, promptly has his head soaked and swears off wine.
-->'''Legionary:''' Well, Incautius, Gaulish wine too much for you, eh?
-->'''Incautius:''', Too true! I swear I'll never be I[[note]] One[[/note]] over the VIII[[note]]Eight[[/note]] again!

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the third installment of the ''Series/TheXFiles'' fanfic ''Talking Appliances'', Mulder's cell phone starts talking to Skinner (yes indeed). The latter promptly makes a mental note to himself to cut down on the coffee. The story in question can be found on [[http://fluky.gossamer.org/html/title-t-1.html The Gossamer Project]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic "[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/01/story-screwball-over.html Screwball Over]]", after Berry Punch (who is commonly depicted in [[{{Fanon}} fanfiction]] as [[TheAlcoholic a bit of]] [[LadyDrunk a lush]]) witnesses a small army of miniature versions of Screwball[[note]]the crazy-looking pink background pony from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony, Part 2]]"[[/note]] going by, she dumps out a flask of alcohol she was carrying and swears off drinking.
** There's a fancomic with a similar concept, this time concerning the events from season 3 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies Too Many Pinkie Pies]]."
* In [[http://geronkizan.deviantart.com/art/Bad-bottle-of-Scrumpy-244221787 this strip]], the [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 RED Demoman]] was drinking as usual when he saw [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Derpy Hooves]]. He threw his bottle away afterwards.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6690487/13/Growing-Up-Kneazle Growing Up Kneazle]]'' a drunk who saw the flying Ford Anglia taking off poured out the rest of his bottle.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9466029/6/The-Last-Chance The Last Chance]]'' a drunk who saw Harry and Hermione apparate into an alley and then back out again threw his bottle into a trash can.
* At one point in the ''Fanfic/ThisTimeRound'' Round Robin ''Reflections of Reality'' (aka "The Pro-Fun Quadrille"), one unnamed character notices a small elephant sitting on the bar and orders ''two'' {{Klatchian coffee}}s. When it's explained to him that the elephant's real, he says that in ''that'' case, he'll have a [[GargleBlaster scumble]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* This trope is common in Disney works, as they not only avert FrothyMugsOfWater, but also show the results of excessive drinking;
** ''Disney/TheAristocats'': O'Malley's buddies go running to help the title cats and Roquefort is running after them to catch up. They run past a man at a sidewalk cafe who, at the sight of a mouse apparently chasing a group of anxious cats, takes the bottle of wine off his table and sadly upends it onto the sidewalk.
** Seen in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', where when Pinocchio sees his friend starting to transform into a donkey. He pushes away the mug of beer he's drinking, and when it continues he looks at and then drops the cigar he had as well. In this case the implication is that [[ScareEmStraight the drink and cigars are what's transforming his friend, and he's swearing off them in order not to follow suit.]]
** In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', one of the party-goers at Charlotte's costume party did this after seeing [[ItMakesSenseInContext a disembodied giraffe's head being chased by a dog dressed as a mermaid]]. Since he's wearing an octopus costume, he does it with ''eight glasses at once''.
* In one of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Mater's Tall Tales]]'' shorts, Mater encounters a UFO (which, being a vehicle, is sentient). One of the things they do together is teaching Mater how to fly. While flying around, Mater at one point flies past Fillmore, who's drinking oil. Upon seeing Mater, Fillmore then silently pushes the oil can away with a disturbed expression.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SupermanII'': General Zod sinks into a lake, then levitates himself to the surface and [[WalkOnWater walks across it]]. Seeing this, a fisherman nearby looks at a cup of something he's drinking and throws it away.
* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'': Film/JamesBond drives an amphibious gondola-car up on the streets of [[LondonEnglandSyndrome Venice, Italy]]. A man sees this and looks disbelievingly at the wine he's drinking. A different take on this trope happens slightly earlier, when an elderly chain-smoker throws away his cigarette after seeing a coffin floating in front of him (knocked off a hearse boat during a chase scene).
** Also found in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'': When Bond's car/submarine Lotus Esprit drives out of the ocean onto a beach, a wine-drinking beachgoer takes a bewildered look at his bottle.
** And ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': Bond, on skis, slides across a restaurant table. [[RecurringExtra It's the same guy all three times]].
** In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' a guard looks over the wall and sees a couple of elephants and some female circus acrobats forming a human ladder. He looks at the bottle in his hand in confusion, before Octopussy knocks him out with some hurled bolas. And yes, it's another Roger Moore film.
* ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963'': Inspector Clouseau and the police are chasing both Phantoms, and everyone is in a ridiculous costume: the Phantoms are dressed as gorillas, Clouseau is a knight, and two police officers are in a zebra costume. For about five minutes, they somehow keep driving through the same intersection, passing the same disbelieving spectator with a bottle of whiskey. Eventually the drunk gets a chair and sits down to watch the rest of the shenanigans.
* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'', in a CreatorCameo from Creator/EdWood. A bit HarsherInHindsight considering his later alcoholism.
* ''Film/TheGiantGilaMonster'': after some guy sees the giant lizard cross the road. Apparently, drinking and driving simultaneously isn't a good idea.
* Toyed with in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. The characters, including Jay and Silent Bob, get teleported by an angel from the middle of the woods to a fancy restaurant. Jay looks at the joint he had been smoking and says, "Damn, I think this shit just kicked in!" and continues puffing away.
* Shown in ''Attack of the 60 Ft. Centerfold'', when a wandering drunk gives up booze upon seeing the [[IncrediblyLamePun titular]] protagonist.
* ''Film/TheAmazingColossalMan'', where the sight of title giant causes one of the occupants of a car to toss away a bottle declaring "Not another drop as long as I live!" When [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Joel and the Bots]] riffed the movie, they [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the bottle toss ''before'' the drunk even says the line.
* Also happens with the {{prospector}} in ''[[Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman]]''.
* In ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', the gardener [[INeedAFreakingDrink starts drinking in response to the crazy goings-on]], but pours out his bottle of whiskey when he sees the leopard.
* In ''Film/FaceOff'', we have Dietrich say "No more drugs for that man" after Archer-as-Castor shows an averse reaction to the cocaine that Castor Troy normally takes and starts talking about how he wants to take "Archer"'s [[TitleDrop face.....off!]]
* At the end of ''Film/{{Ironweed}}'', the main character Francis sees [[spoiler:his wife]] in a train car. When he realizes that she [[spoiler: is a hallucination]], he angrily throws his bottle of whiskey (and, symbolically, his alcoholism) out of the car. An extremely rare case where this trope is PlayedForDrama.
* In ''Film/ThePlayhouse'', after being confounded by a pair of identical twins and a series of mirrors, Creator/BusterKeaton's character smashes his flask on the floor and writes, "I resolve never to drink anymore." After he realizes he's been dealing with not one girl, but two, he hastily appends the words, "but just as much."
* In ''Film/{{Transporter 2}}'' a drunk bum is in an alley when he sees the heroes' car drive over him, straddling the buildings on either side of the alley. He then looks at his flask in complete shock.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', after seeing Riptide demonstrate his power, Hendry's reaction is to ask what the hell Shaw put in his drink.
* In ''Film/FleshAndTheDevil'', the reverend, of all people, does this at the fancy ball, when he sees a pair of twins and believes he is seeing double.
* A blink-and-you'll-miss-it version appears in the police chase scene in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. A lot attendant, upon seeing the Batmobile and the police cars enter the parking structure, looks down at his drink as if there's something wrong with it.
* ''Film/NeverGiveASuckerAnEvenBreak'': Creator/WCFields throws away his flask after coming face-to-face with a gorilla on [[MisplacedWildlife a mountaintop in Russia]].
--> '''Fields''': Last time it was PinkElephants.

* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', the rather odd-looking party is camped out at a crossroads:
-->Circling far overhead, unseen by the company, the leader of a band of black spy-crows peered through a pair of binoculars, cursed in the harsh tongue of his kind, and swore off grapes for the rest of his life.
* According to one of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' supplemental books, events where small numbers of {{Muggle}}s had seen some form of magic or magical creature were sometimes [[TheMasquerade covered up]] by convincing them they'd had too much to drink.
* In ''Literature/TheHoundsOfTheMorrigan,'' the Seargent decides he's ''got'' to stop taking {{Quick Nip}}s of his confiscated hooch when he starts seeing flying furniture. Of course, this is merely his WeirdnessCensor in play--he really is seeing flying furniture, because a couple of witches have just moved in to the neighborhood.
* During the childrens' book ''Harry's Mad'', Madison the talking parrot tries to use a payphone to contact the human family looking after him. The only person who happens to see this is, of course, drunk, and promptly decides it's time he stopped.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's first short story, "The Hades Business", [[{{Satan}} Mr Nicholas Lucifer]] manifests himself on a football pitch, on Cup Final day. Entire pubs full of people watching the match spontaneously sign the Pledge.
* In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', when Twoflower first enters the [[BadGuyBar Broken Drum]], the patrons take one look at the Luggage, a magical trunk that walks around on multiple legs, and as one, look into their mugs.
* In Creator/{{Seanan McGuire}}'s ''Literature/VelveteenVs The Junior Super Patriots'', any innocent river rat who saw the amassed crayfish would have sworn off everything for life, just to avoid the chance of seeing something like that twice.
* A variant happens in ''Literature/TheBorrowers''. When the housekeeper [[spoiler:finds the Borrowers and starts telling everyone she's seen tiny people in the house]], Great-Aunt Sophie finds the idea hilarious. She tells the housemaid, "If you want to [[spoiler:get rid of them]], the answer is simple! Just keep the cork in." This makes sense, given that [[spoiler:Great-Aunt Sophie has seen the Borrowers after she's been drinking, so she always attributes them to being drunken hallucinations]].
* Played with when Tom-Jon is transported to a world of talking animals in the first ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' book while high. He assumes he's hallucinating, but ''doesn't'' think of this as a reason to quit so much as a reason to make sure he knows what he's actually got before he smokes it.
* In ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'', a gentleman off to a Christmas party catches sight of the titular dogs ''en masse'' and declares "And I haven't even ''begun'' Christmas yet!"
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** In ''Literature/DarkRendezvous'', Yoda, disguised inside a droid chassis, uses the Force to telekinetically seal a security droid inside a bathroom stall after failing to evade pursuit by said droid. This strange sight is witnessed by a heavily intoxicated onlooker, who promptly pours the remainder of his drink down the drain.
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', after Wyle Ulbreck, an old moisture farmer, drunkenly witnesses Ben break up a bar brawl in the prologue, it's offhandedly mentioned some time later that he's sworn off of liquor.
* In one of the stories from ''The [=LawDog=] Files'', the narrator is radioed to assist a fellow police officer who happens to be completely [[NakedPeopleAreFunny "nekkid"]]. He promptly eyes his chimichanga suspiciously and hopes that he's just hearing things.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheGoodies'' episode with Frakenfido, a man walking out of an optometrist takes off his new glasses after seeing the giant mutant pup... and promptly walks into a lamppost.
* Inverted when the ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' visit a world where mandatory drug use keeps everyone in line. A bystander sees them leave through an interdimensional portal and murmurs, "Oh, this new formula... outstanding!"
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', washed-up reporter/alcoholic Perry White is wandering through the titular town, and his visit happens to coincide with sunspot activity that's causing Clark Kent's powers to fluctuate uncontrollably. A tractor gets stuck in the mud, and Clark tries lifting it out of the mud, but his super strength is gone... and then it suddenly comes back, and he accidentally launches the tractor into the stratosphere. Some distance away, Perry is walking along, when a tractor falls out of the sky, smashing spectacularly into the road. He takes his flask and pours it out on the ground.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Jackass}}'', Wee Man is dressed up as an [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Oompa Loompa]] while riding around on a skateboard. He skates past a stoner smoking a blunt. The smoker's reaction is a blank stare while exhaling.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', Samantha is trying art as a new hobby, and is sculpting a bust of Darrin; on the same day, Darrin invites his boss--obviously an alcoholic--to their house for dinner. Serena tries to have some fun, making Samantha's low quality bust almost perfect, make one of Darrin's boss too, ''and'' make them both ''talk''. After seeing this too much, Darrin's poor boss thinks he's hallucinating and decides to call himself a ride home, and when Samantha suggests he have a drink, he shouts, "Never again! When it goes from pink elephants to talking rocks, you know it's time to get on the wagon!" (So this was very much a NiceJobFixingItVillain for Serena, although Samantha and Darrin were still stuck with the two talking sculptures at the end.)
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "Journey From Hannibal", Casey leads an elephant into the small frontier town of Medicine Pole. The town drunk staggers out of the saloon holding a bottle, looks at the elephant, and immediately smashes the bottle before staggering away.
* In the Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids episode, "Honey, We've Been Swallowed by Grandpa", a motorist drinking some takeaway coffee yells at the Szalinkis for nearly colliding with his car... only to find they've suddenly shrunken out of view. The bewildered motorist then exclaims he's going "decaf".
* In the ''Series/MrShow'' episode "A Talking Junkie," during the sketch of the same name--in a parody of ''Series/MrEd''--an alcoholic (played by Paul F. Tompkins) sees the junkie talking, does a double take (as if he didn't think one could exist), then tosses away his bottle.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/HiDeHi'' where [[TheAlcoholic Mr Partridge]] is having a picnic when he sees a horse ridden by a [[spoiler: pantomime]] horse, does a double-take and looks between his flask and a banana a few times before he throws the banana away and carries on drinking.
* One clip for The Worlds Dumbest had Mike Trainor do this.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' story arc, Dilbert becomes so insignificant to the company that he becomes literally invisible. Dogbert proposes having Ratbert sit on his head to attract people's attention. Instead, other people can only see a floating talking rat. Wally then looks at his mug and blames the unusual sight on the Colombian coffee he's drinking.
** According to ScottAdams, after that strip was published he received a letter from an ''actual'' Colombian who didn't like the reference.
* In one ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' strip, Krazy has her guitar and a jug of catnip. When she starts singing "Roll Along, silvery Moon," the moon starts to roll through the sky. The last frame shows Krazy dropping the catnip off the cliff.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip had him stomp a spider after pouring himself a cup of coffee. As he takes his first sip, a tiny ambulance drives up, two spiders exit it with a stretcher, load the injured spider up, and drive off. Garfield pours his coffee back in the pot as a result.
* One ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'' storyline has a man who's able to run at SuperSpeed dash past a homeless drunk who's about to take a swig from a whiskey bottle. Seeing this, the drunk promptly throws away the bottle while swearing off alcohol.
* The ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'' [[http://tinyurl.com/mpxsaj2 strip for September 2nd, 2014]] has the RunningGag of Crankshaft lighting his barbecue and the resultant explosion because he used too much lighter fluid. One of Crankshaft's neighbors is drinking a can of beer, sees the flaming barbecue flying through the air and says "That's it! I'm wearing off the sauce for good!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The intro cinematic for ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' has Marius drop his pipe after seeing the Dark Wanderer burn down the inn while demons murder everybody else inside.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'':
-->'''Khelgar:''' Just to make sure my eyes aren't lying to me--a huge suit of armor did smash through here, attack the githyanki--and us--then we drove it back to the portal? \\
'''Neeshka:''' No... no, that's about right. \\
'''Khelgar:''' Good. Because if my drinking is catching up with me, I'm stopping right now.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries Spellcasting 201]]'', as part of the initiation trials of the Hu Delta Phart fraternity, you have to break into the basement of the Tappa Kegga Bru fraternity and steal their mascot... an elephant. After seeing the elephant get magically shrunk down until it can fit down the manhole cover, and the manhole cover float off the ground, the guard throws away his beer (Why he doesn't realize that this means magic is involved, when he's in a school for magic, is never mentioned. Maybe he's just too drunk to think about that). Then he rethinks things, and picks the mug up again.
* One of the standard enemy reactions to catching a glimpse of Garret in ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'' is "I need to take it easy with the wine..."
* Similarly in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' enemies frequently mutter about needing to cut down on the ale after they leave the "alert" status. Hearing it enough times will make it feel like everyone in Tamriel is an alcoholic.
* Invoked in one of the thought fragments of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'':
-->I thought I saw someone with wings the other day... No more caffeine.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' during the quest "Swabbin' Soap". After retrieving the soap in question(in this case, walrus blubber), a Gnome mage conjures a bunch of animate brooms to swab the deck. Cue a nearby pirate saying "That's it... no more grog for me!" and throwing his bottle of grog overboard.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In episode 10 of ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'', the cast get sucked into the Internet and wind up at the beginning of their own cartoon. Donkey, who at the time had been smoking a blunt (well, there was one in his mouth anyway), tosses it aside when he sees ''himself'' standing before him.
* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' SFM [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=585W28cfz6Y "Texas Style"]] has a moment when Blue Demoman looks into his bottle at the sight of all the people dancing Texas-style.

* In [[http://noneedforbushido.com/2002/comic/162/ this]] ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'' webcomic the guy in purple had just "killed" Yorikiro and [[LeftForDead left him for dead]]. He pours out his drink when Yorikiro comes in later uninjured and gets Ken.
%%* [[http://www.starslip.com/archive/20050930.shtml this]] ''Webcomic/StarslipCrisis'' strip.
* Used in ''Webcomic/{{Fanboys}}'' to Chess [[http://fanboys-online.com/index.php?comic=59 after seeing three people and a couch teleport into his living room.]]
* Used as a BrickJoke in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Earlier, a character had announced a desire to find some BrainBleach. A bit later he came across Kevin and Schlock chasing a sentient toaster through the hall. He wonders if maybe he got a little too enthusiastic with the BrainBleach.
* In ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', Aggie's father Nick, upon seeing his daughter enter the house while chatting amicably with her longtime rival Penny (the two of them having just buried the hatchet), looks quizzically at his cup of coffee.
* Used in [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2005/12/18/sun-dec-18 this]] ''Webcomic/PvP'' GuestStrip.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace has previously asked the local squirrels for directions to Damien's hideout (Grace being a half-squirrel hybrid, it's halfway plausible). Nanase has to catch up to the group in her miniature winged fairy form and flies up to a tree branch and asks a squirrel for directions. The squirrel looks at her, looks at his acorn, and then chucks it over his shoulder.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3267 Squigley goes to eat a mushroom, and finds a whole sequence of unreality passing by.]] Though that's less a case of deciding he's had too much and more of realizing he doesn't need it to begin with.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/LatchkeyKingdom'', where the castle witch Svanhildur, tripping on shrooms, sees something weird. However, since Willa saw it too and didn't eat any, Svanhildur [[ComicallyMissingThePoint concludes that the shrooms are not the cause of the hallucination]], so she can keep eating them.
* Two variations appear in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' -- One of the first humans to ever get a look at fuzzy pink Molly the Monster is a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20060930.html rocket base security guard,]] who immediately resolves to finally contact Alcoholics Anonymous. Much later, after seeing [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20121016.html Molly and the four ninjas spontaneously burst into tears over their milkshakes]] (because the ninjas have just realized that [[FishOutofTemporalWater everyone from their time period is dead),]] Heywood decides to order something different.
* In ''Webcomic/MacHall,'' while at a party, Matt sees Drew go running past with a Crocodile Hunter {{Expy}} on his back, then eyes his drink and thinks to himself "I knew I couldn't trust that bartender."
* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'': When Dave the highwayman asks a stranger if she's seen his holy bone "R" (a bone with the letter "R" engraved into it, indirectly given to him by the godess Leilusa as a joke), she stares at him silently, then pulls out a bottle and lets it smash on the ground beside her.
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' hearing a [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2017/12/18/0947-the-revelation/ talking racoon kit]] causes Richard to pour out his alcohol.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic spends his review of ''Literature/{{IT}}'' playing the 'Stephen King Drinking Game' and getting steadily more wasted. However, when [[spoiler: Stan's head]] appears in the fridge and starts talking, all he can do is stare in disbelief and throw away his bottle of Knob Creek.
* During the 11/28/2010 session of WebVideo/SpoonysCampaign, [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] surprises everyone by showing off his new headset's voice changer function without warning, suddenly busting out a robotic voice mask. After the laughter calms down, WebVideo/SeanFausz says "Now I see why people stop drinking! Jeez! I'm done for the night!"
* In the Korra AbridgedSeries ''WebAnimation/ProjectVoicebend'', Lin Beifong decides to lay off the booze after becoming attracted to [[TheScrappy Mako]].
* In the middle of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkGFIn03Los Episode 36]] of LetsPlay/KurtJMac's ''Far Lands or Bust'' series, Kurt mentions that he's having a snifter of bourbon while playing, as a tribute to "National Bourbon Day". At the end of the episode, he discovers the "[[TemporalParadox Hidey Hole Paradox]]" for the first time, which prompts him to set the bourbon aside.
* On at least two occasions in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Kaiba has run into this problem. The first is when he misremembers his [[MemeticMutation most iconic]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney scene]] with the Season Zero animation (in which he had green hair). The second is a vision from the Millennium Rod combined with a long ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' reference. Both times, he concludes he has to cut down on the drugs.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In a clip of a StylisticSuck children's show, a cat sees something astonishing, rubs its eyes, and bats away [[HighOnCatnip a small bag labeled "catnip."]]
** In another, Maggie reacts to a startling sight by tossing her bottle away.
** One episode has a drunk in a gutter throw away his bottle in disbelief after seeing a space ship (actually a model rocket Homer just launched), only for it to be caught by a passing businessman. He promptly throws away his briefcase and lies in the gutter drinking the remaining contents.
--> '''Businessman''': Hey! Wine!
** At one time, Barney drank a bottle of organic juice which Homer had accidently made with peyote and began seeing a monster. He promptly got out a drink of alcohol, so that a more familiar {{Pink Elephant|s}} appeared and stepped on the monster, killing it. Barney's crazy all right, but he knows it well enough to choose to stick with the version produced by his current addiction (alcohol).
--->'''Barney:''' Thanks Pinkie! You've always been there for me!
** Another episode takes this trope to the extreme with Cletus, his pregnant wife, their children and their unborn child throwing away their bottles of alcohol in quick succession after seeing a bizarre train (actually the personal train of LadyGaga).
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', the sight of a giant dome being lowered onto Springfield causes all the patrons of the bar to run into a church...and [[INeedAFreakingDrink all the people in the church to run into the bar]].
** A variation occurs when Bart gets a fake I.D. and uses it to buy Milhouse, Nelson, and himself some beers at Moe's. Before they drink them, they notice Barney and the other drunks acting like fools, which causes them to push the beers away and leave.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' examples:
** In ''Water, Water, Every Hare'' WesternAnimation/BugsBunny pours ''reducing oil'' on Gossamer, causing it to shrink. Gossamer enters a mousehole, kicks out the mouse, and puts out a sign that reads "I quit!" The mouse then takes out a bottle and says, "I quit too!"
** Subverted in the Chuck Jones short "Punch Trunk": a four-inch-tall elephant had been making its way around town, causing much freaking out. When said elephant encounters a drunk shambling out of a bar, the drunk does a DoubleTake, then [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight simply glares at his watch and mutters to the elephant "You're late!"]]. As he shuffles away, the drunk adds to himself [[PinkElephants "He always used to be pink..."]]
*** Similar to the ''Goodies'' example above, a man just leaving the optometrist with new glasses sees the tiny elephant, goes back into the shop-- and we hear a ''whump!''. The man storms out without his glasses while the bewildered optometrist leans out the door of the shop-- with a black eye.
** In one cartoon starring Hippety Hopper (the baby kangaroo Sylvester keeps confusing for a giant mouse), a man sees Hippety jumping down the street, throws away a flask from his coat pocket and walks away.
*** Another with Hippety has the house bulldog telling Sylvester he'll take care of the mouse himself. But when he sees Hippity in his mother's pouch, he freaks out:
-->'''Bulldog:''' Come on, cat...let's get outta here! When ya start seein' mice ''that'' big with ''two'' heads, it's time ta get on da water wagon! (''he and Sylvester with packed grips sit atop [[VisualPun a water truck]]'')
** A variation: in another cartoon "WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning", as Bugs and Daffy hide from Elmer Fudd in the former's rabbit hole, Daffy gets shot in the face after peeking his head out of the hole to see if Elmer is "still lurking about". Bugs suggests that Daffy should act as a decoy and lure Elmer away, to which Daffy dazedly mumbles [[NonSequiturThud a non-sequitur response, "No more for me, thanks, I'm drivin'...", and then passes out]].
** In another cartoon, a baby elephant named Bobo wants to go to America, but can't sneak onto the boat. A myna birds suggests he paint himself pink, as no one will admit to seeing a pink elephant. Sure enough, Bobo is persistently ignored, complete with drink pouring, which becomes a problem when he tries to get help in joining the circus.
** In another one, "Mouse Wreckers", Hubie and Bertie use a number of tricks to drive house cat Claude crazy - after one early one, Claude grabs a stepladder, climbs up to a ceiling light fixture, fishes out a bottle of "Cat Nip", hurls it out the window, and recites a pledge.
** "A Taste of Catnip" has a bulldog scaring Daffy, who is having delusions of thinking he's a cat. When the bulldog sees Daffy meowing and hissing, he throws a bottle of alcohol away.
* In the early Creator/VanBeurenStudios sound cartoon "Dinnertime", a dog with a bottle of beer has this reaction when he sees a cat climb into the air to recollect it's lost nine lives. He throws the bottle down and runs off in fear!
* On ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'':
** Due to an incredibly complicated series of events, a snake passes by Jim making what sounds like baby noises (they are... again, [[ItMakesSenseInContext complicated]]). He looks at the brownie he's eating (which he found "on the subway") and is [[MushroomSamba very pleased with it]].
--> '''Jim''': *Beat* Can you belive someone left these brownies on the subway?
** On "Plan 9 From Mission Hill (or I Married A Gay Man from Outer Space)," Gwen and Andy are staring in shock at Wally's B-movie while eating popcorn. Gwen comments that someone must have put drugs in the popcorn. Andy looks at it, and [[InvertedTrope begins shoveling the popcorn down faster]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
** When Oberon enters New York, with a Gargoyle bloodhound on a leash, to hunt down the missing Puck, a passing jogger spots him emerging from the glowing portal. A split second later, Oberon and his hound are disguised as a white-haired man in a trenchcoat who is out walking his dog. The jogger stares at him for a moment, then pours out the contents of his water-flask. (Said jogger was a bit of a [[StealthPun running gag]] in the series -- he's one of its many examples of YuppieCouple -- and would often pass by the gargoyles after sunrise, to comment on '[[TakenForGranite those strange statues]].')
** After seeing Brooklyn escape them on his motorcycle (and opening his wings), one of the cops pursuing him swears off sugar and throws away [[DonutMessWithACop the donuts they were eating earlier]].
* In the animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs' ''ComicBook/TheSnowman'', when the boy and the Snowman fly from England to the North Pole, they pass a cruise ship whose passengers are in the middle of a Christmas party. A reveller with a paper jesters hat on his head sees them through the window, gasps, and then gapes in confusion at the bottle of spirits in his hand. Amusingly, he's one of only two people who see the Snowman and the Boy flying, the other being a little girl who's up waiting for Santa.
* In the cartoon "Pink Pajamas", a man that wants to quit alcohol and calls his A.A. sponsor to help him, all because he saw a [[spoiler: WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther]].
* A WhatCouldHaveBeen example: In the original ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'' movie, one of the ponies would search for help, crossing over into Hasbro's other cartoons in the process, including ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' and ''GIJoe''. When she arrived at the latter, she would encounter Shipwreck, who would swear off drinking as a result. Hasbro nixed it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' Barney hurt his foot and had to scream into a nearby mail box to conceal it. Soon after, a mailman opens the mail box and gets a loud scream right in his face, and then he remarks "I gotta stop eating at those cheap restaurants." This joke occurs several times on the show.
* Played for laughs in the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon ''The Flying Sorceress'': Jerry's sitting at a window, eating a hunk of cheese, when he glances outside and sees [[ItMakesSenseInContext Tom apparently flying under his own power]] (he stole a witch's broom). He pulls a DoubleTake, looks with wide eyes toward the audience, then looks at the cheese and promptly flings it away.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squidbob Tentaclepants", Squidward and Spongebob get fused together as a result of one of Sandy's [[TeleporterAccident experiments]]. After seeing them ride into the Krusty Krab on Squidward's bike, a fish exclaims "I got to lay off the hot sauce", and puts down his food.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'':
** In one episode, Johnny convinces a store clerk that Dukey's presence in the building isn't real, but just a hallucination. Dukey helps this along by talking. The clerk pours out his [[GRatedDrug coffee]].
** In another episode, two cops see Johnny, Dukey, and Bling-Bling Boy (All transformed into babies) drive by in motorized baby carriages. They also pour out their coffee.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Grim for a Day", Billy and Grim switch places for the day, only to find that it's literally turning them into each other. When Mandy sees the end results, she says "I need to stop drinking steak sauce."
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Love God", Dipper and Mabel are fleeing from the eponymous god, a cherub who looks and dresses like a tubby hippie. When the Love God starts using his tiny wings to fly, a bystander sees this, then pours out the bottle of "Hippie Tea" he was drinking with a disapproving look on his face.
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'': In "Changes", a bum has this reaction upon witnessing Stoker's transformation.


[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some of the spectacular visual effects from ''Film/{{Inception}}'' were created in RealLife, rather than relying in CGI. Before filming started one day, a bum walked onto the blocked-off street being used as a set, and asked one of the producers if there was really a freight train in the middle of the street. When the producer answered in the affirmative, the bum decided that maybe he was drinking too much.