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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'':
** In "Kentucky Rye", an alcoholic named Bob Spindler and his co-workers celebrate closing a big deal. As ever, Bob has too much to drink and becomes angry when several of his co-workers suggest driving him home or calling him a cab. Instead, he drives drunk, seemingly not for the first time, and runs another car off the road. Bob is injured in the process and seeks refuge in a tavern called the Kentucky Rye. The owner sells him the tavern for $1,600, the last $100 of which is contributed by a strange man. The next morning, Bob wakes up to find the tavern covered in cobwebs and dust. There is no one there except for the strange man. [[spoiler:It turns out that the man is the driver of the other car, who was killed when Bob ran him off the road. Bob himself was killed in the accident and is trapped in the IronicHell of a deserted bar for all eternity.]]
** In "The Once and Future King", Gary Pitkin is driven off the road by a drunk driver and crashes his own car as a result. When he wakes up, he finds that he has been transported back in time to Memphis, Tennessee on July 3, 1954.
** In "The Hellgramite Method", Dr. Eugene Murrich's wife and two children were killed by a drunk driver while they were crossing the street. The pain that he suffered after their deaths led Dr. Murrich to create the Hellgramite Method, which involves secretly placing a Hellgramite worm in the stomach of alcoholics so that it can absorb their liquor.

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* In ''WebComic/DumbingOfAge'':
** Billie lost Alice's friendship and the chance to be an Indiana University cheerleader when she drove drunk (while underage!) and crashed into a tree.
** Ruth's parents were killed by a drunk driver. This makes her feel guilty about her own alcoholism.

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* ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' is about a VigilanteMan luring people he views as KarmaHoudini to their deaths; one of them was guilty of driving drunk and killing two young pedestrians.

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* Commented on in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', where Bruce Wayne ''speeds'' away from his near-disaster first night trying to be a street vigilante, and happens to almost hit Commissioner Gordon. Gordon thinks it's no way to treat a Porsche; two ''other'' people who happen to be near recognize Bruce Wayne's car and wonder what he's on; one says he's on cocaine; "'''Rich''' people take '''cocaine.''' Saw a '''special''' on it."


* Played for laughs (sort of) in the ''Series/YesMinister'' [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas special]] "Party Games". The Home Office declares a "don't drink and drive at Christmas" campaign, whose advice a besotted Jim Hacker elects to ignore (despite his wife being sober and willing to drive), leading to a police stop on account of his extremely slow driving and a writeup in the next day's ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Express]]'' describing Hacker as "[[UnusualEuphemism overwrought as a newt]]". This turns out to be small potatoes, however, after [[spoiler:it turns out that [[HypocriticalHumour the Home Secretary himself]] drove drunk, overturning a lorry carrying nuclear waste on the motorway, and then crashing into a journalist's car; Sir Humphrey jokes that since the press are saying he was "drunk as a Lord," the Government will almost certainly [[KickedUpstairs make him one]].]]

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* Played for laughs (sort of) Two occasions in ''Series/YesMinister'':
** In "The Economy Drive," Sir Humphrey fires
the ''Series/YesMinister'' department's driver to teach Hacker a lesson about his plans to cut waste, forcing him to drive himself to a function at the French embassy. He doesn't actually make it to the wheel, at least on screen, only because he drops his keys down a sewer grate, with a photograph of him attempting to fish them out leading the [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Express]] to describe him as "[[UnusualEuphemism overwrought as a newt]]."
** In the
[[ChristmasEpisode Christmas special]] "Party Games". Games," The Home Office declares a "don't drink and drive at Christmas" campaign, whose advice a besotted Jim Hacker elects to ignore (despite despite his wife being sober and willing to drive), drive, leading to a police stop on account of his extremely slow driving and a writeup in the next day's ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Express]]'' describing Hacker as "[[UnusualEuphemism overwrought as a newt]]".driving. This turns out to be small potatoes, however, after [[spoiler:it turns out that [[HypocriticalHumour the Home Secretary himself]] drove drunk, overturning a lorry carrying nuclear waste on the motorway, and then crashing into a journalist's car; Sir Humphrey jokes that since the press are saying he was "drunk as a Lord," the Government will almost certainly [[KickedUpstairs make him one]].]]


* Played with in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' in a sketch about MI6 planning the assassination of Princess Diana on the order of Prince Philip (a popular theory, especially in certain tabloids) by getting the driver "slightly tipsy", as it's a well-known fact that getting somebody a little bit drunk results in an 100% death rate.

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* Played with in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' in a sketch about MI6 [=MI6=] planning the assassination of Princess Diana on the order of Prince Philip (a popular theory, especially in certain tabloids) by getting the driver "slightly tipsy", as it's a well-known fact that getting somebody a little bit drunk results in an 100% death rate.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E150StopoverInAQuietTown Stopover in a Quiet Town]]", Millie Frazier had several drinks at a party and drives drunk. Her husband Bob, who was far more drunk than she was, was passed out in the back seat. [[spoiler:On the way home, they are [[AlienAbduction abducted by a giant alien]] and taken to another planet to be his daughter's [[HumanPet pets]].]]


* ''Series/TheAffair'': After a pile-up of misfortunes earlier that day, Helen ends up trying to pick her kids up from school when she's drunk ''and'' stoned. She crashes the car and gets arrested after assaulting a police officer. It single-handedly undermines her case for sole custody of her and Noah's children.

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* ''Series/TheAffair'': After a pile-up of misfortunes earlier that day, Helen ends up trying proceeds to pick her kids up from school when while she's drunk ''and'' stoned. She crashes the car and gets arrested after assaulting a police officer. It single-handedly undermines her case for sole custody of her and Noah's children.

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* Music/SteelyDan's [[Music/{{Aja}} "Deacon Blues"]]:
-->"Drink scotch whiskey all night long\\
And die behind the wheel"


* In ComicBook/SpiderMan's comic, being arrested for this is what convinced his old friend Flash Thompson to clean up his act and seek help for his alcoholism. Sadly, ComicBook/NormanOsborn includes poor Flash in a plot to [[{{Gaslighting}} drive Spider-Man to murderous violence by attacking his family and friends]]; under the pretense of picking him up from an AA meeting, Norman force-feeds him whiskey and has him crash a truck into Midtown High School, where Peter works. (Flash survives, but is in a coma for the rest of the arc.)

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* In ComicBook/SpiderMan's a ComicBook/SpiderMan comic, being arrested for this is what convinced his Peters' old friend Flash Thompson to clean up his act and seek help for his alcoholism. Sadly, ComicBook/NormanOsborn includes poor Flash in a plot to [[{{Gaslighting}} drive Spider-Man to murderous violence by attacking his family and friends]]; under the pretense of picking him up from an AA meeting, Norman force-feeds him whiskey and has him crash a truck into Midtown High School, where Peter works. (Flash survives, but is in a coma for the rest of the arc.)

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** Parodied when Lisa [[DrunkOnMilk drinks milk]] at Moe's in "The Burns and the Bees". Moe was reluctant to give her the keys to her bike-lock; he wasn't even sure why he had them in the first place.


SubTrope of AlcoholInducedIdiocy. Also, compare DrivesLikeCrazy, except this one tends not to be PlayedForLaughs, unless the incident was ''incredibly'' absurd (to the point of NoodleIncident) and either no one was killed or injured or only the drunk driver was in a KarmicDeath. [[note]]''You'' try treating this lightly without such - the MoralGuardians will be seeking your head on a pike![[/note]]

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SubTrope of AlcoholInducedIdiocy.AlcoholInducedIdiocy and AesopCollateralDamage. Also, compare DrivesLikeCrazy, except this one tends not to be PlayedForLaughs, unless the incident was ''incredibly'' absurd (to the point of NoodleIncident) and either no one was killed or injured or only the drunk driver was in a KarmicDeath. [[note]]''You'' try treating this lightly without such - the MoralGuardians will be seeking your head on a pike![[/note]]


* In ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', bad guys force-feed Cary Grant's character a quart of whiskey and put him behind the wheel of a car, sending him on his way. He somehow manages to avoid killing himself or anyone else, but gets thrown in jail. His mother and lawyer bail him out, taking these events to be his usual carousing hijinks over his frustrated explanation.
* Hitchcock's ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' includes a scene where Ingrid Bergman's character is drunkenly swerving on the road while Cary Grant calmly sits as a passenger. Even leads to a cop driving alongside on a motorcycle, apparently not afraid that she might swerve into him.



* Jack Rafferty in ''Film/SinCity'' drives drunk. He dies that night but it had nothing to do with his state, surprisingly.
* In the beginning sequence of ''Film/FinalDestination2'', the driver of a beer truck is seen taking a pull from a bottle of beer shortly before everything goes to hell. It was not the triggering factor in the huge pileup, but it may have been a contributing factor.
* A variation occurs in ''Film/IronMan2'', in which Tony Stark, dying of palladium poisoning, is at a party, smashed out of his gourd, and wearing his PoweredArmor, which of course contains a number of dangerous weapons, to show how close to hitting bottom he is.


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* In the beginning sequence of ''Film/FinalDestination2'', the driver of a beer truck is seen taking a pull from a bottle of beer shortly before everything goes to hell. It was not the triggering factor in the huge pileup, but it may have been a contributing factor.
* In ''Film/TheGuilty'', Asger calls Rashid to ask him to go to Michael's house to try and figure out where he's taking Iben. He notices that Rashid seems to be intoxicated, and asks how much he's had to drink. When told it was 2 or 3 beers, he tells Rashid that he can still drive after drinking that amount. Rashid then admits that it was more like 4 or 5 beers, to which Asger replies that he'll just have to drive very carefully. He makes it there without incident.
* A variation occurs in ''Film/IronMan2'', in which Tony Stark, dying of palladium poisoning, is at a party, smashed out of his gourd, and wearing his PoweredArmor, which of course contains a number of dangerous weapons, to show how close to hitting bottom he is.


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* In ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', bad guys force-feed Cary Grant's character a quart of whiskey and put him behind the wheel of a car, sending him on his way. He somehow manages to avoid killing himself or anyone else, but gets thrown in jail. His mother and lawyer bail him out, taking these events to be his usual carousing hijinks over his frustrated explanation.
* Hitchcock's ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' includes a scene where Ingrid Bergman's character is drunkenly swerving on the road while Cary Grant calmly sits as a passenger. Even leads to a cop driving alongside on a motorcycle, apparently not afraid that she might swerve into him.


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* Jack Rafferty in ''Film/SinCity'' drives drunk. He dies that night but it had nothing to do with his state, surprisingly.

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* The ChristmasEpisode "Not Even A Mouse" of ''Series/ThePretender'' had Jared (as a coroner) investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a local homeless man, "Christmas George", who dressed as Santa Claus for the kids. He discovered that one of the other coroners hit him while driving drunk, then when he arrived at the morgue still alive she killed him on the autopsy table and made it look like he died in the accident.


* Win a free trip to the afterlife if you drive drunk and crash. '''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement More detail is not necessary]]'''.

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* Win a free trip to the afterlife if you drive drunk and crash. '''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement '''[[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment More detail is not necessary]]'''.

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