Playing With / Drowning My Sorrows

Basic Trope: A character is sad, so they get drunk.
  • Straight: Bob just lost his job, so he gets drunk that night.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob just lost his job, his dad died, and his wife is leaving him, so he gets drunk that night.
    • Bob just lost his job, so he gets drunk, smokes, and gets high that night.
  • Downplayed: Bob lost his job, so he drinks slightly more than usual, but not enough to get drunk.
  • Justified: Bob is very sad and drinking is how he copes.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob usually drinks every night, but he sticks to soda and water the night he loses his job.
    • Bob gets drunk to celebrate a new job or a promotion.
  • Subverted: Bob just lost his job, so he goes to the local bar...because he saw a "Help Wanted" sign in the window.
  • Double Subverted: But when the owner refuses to hire him, he decides to just get drunk instead.
  • Parodied: Bob chips a nail, and immediately starts chugging grain alcohol straight out of the bottle. The camera fades to black, and the next shot is of Bob in a gutter crying.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob doesn't drink.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "That's his fifth one tonight. You think something's bothering him?"
  • Invoked: After Bob tells his buddy Carl that he's losing his job, Carl tells him they should go drink.
  • Exploited: Carl wants to extort money from Bob and he knows how suggestible he is when he's drunk, so he suggests they go out drinking when Bob loses his job.
  • Defied: "Much as I may want to get drunk tonight, that time would be better spent polishing up my résumé."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: After a particularly brutal run through the Trauma Conga Line, Bob is found the next day with a nasty hangover...and wearing a dress. And he had been drinking ginger ale!
  • Played For Drama: Bob gets hit with a Trauma Conga Line, and spends a night at the bar to try to find some comfort. It only works for a brief time, and then Bob has the consequences of the trauma, a hangover, AND a massive bill to worry about.

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