"I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling."
— Frida Kahlo
"Is it bad when you refer to alcohol as 'pain-go-bye-bye juice'?"
"Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrows, no tomorrow, no tomorrow"
Full bottle in front of me,
Time to roll up my sleeves and get to work
And after many glasses of work
I get paid in the brain
—They Might Be Giants, "Your Own Worst Enemy"
"He was vaguely aware that he drank to forget. What made it rather pointless was that he couldn't remember what it was he was forgetting anymore. In the end he just drank to forget about drinking."
"I felt Kalikai's fear and anger. She hated what we had to do, turning against our own, and she worried what would happen to the Crimson Eyes. She wanted to join us - but she knew she couldn't. I wondered if that was why she became so intoxicated. Was she a soldier at heart, forced into the role of a general because of her brilliance, rather than ambition? Were the decisions that she had to make easier, when part of her was numb?"
— Igaso, Lusternia
(right side up) If you can read this, your team is winning.
(upside down) If you can read this, your team is losing.
—Printed on the side of a shot glass
"Why are you drinking?" demanded the little prince. "So that I may forget," replied the tippler. "Forget what?" inquired the little prince, who already was sorry for him. "Forget that I am ashamed," the tippler confessed, hanging his head. "Ashamed of what?" insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him. "Ashamed of drinking!" The tipler brought his speech to an end, and shut himself up in an impregnable silence.
"One minute you're defendin' the whole galaxy... and suddenly you find yourself suckin' down darjeeling with Marie Antoinette and her little sister."
—Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
"Never gamble out of need, and never drink out of despair."
"Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more."
"Come on, dear. You can drown your sorrows in the cider."
—Dad, Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, "New Year, New Disasters"
"Went off to school and learned to serve the state"
"Followed the rules and drank his vodka straight"
"The only way to live was drown the hate"
"A Russian life was very sad, And such was life in Leningrad"
— Leningrad, Billy Joel
"Now everybody's died, so until our tears are cried,"
"we'll drink and drink and drink and drink and then we'll drink some more."
"We'll dance and sing and fight until the early mornin' light,"
"then we'll throw up, pass out, wake up and then go drinkin' once again."
— Another Irish Drinking Song (everybody's died)
"I was drinking to Emperor Cartagia... but he wasn't here, so I had to drink for him. So first it was me drinking for Cartagia, and then me drinking for me, and then I got caught in this cycle... and then Emperor Cartagia, his glass broke!"
"Hmm, Lord Pendleton said he would meet us here. I'd check the wine cellar. Losing family gives a man a thirst."
— Samuel, Dishonored