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"Don't you know you've got your daddy's eyes? Daddy was an alcoholic."
Alcoholic, Starsailor

The Alcoholic with children. When it's the mother, it's usually Lady Drunk. When it's the father, it's usually Abusive Parents, although there's a fair number of abusive alcoholic mothers in fiction as well (including a number of abusive alcoholic Lady Drunk mothers, particularly when a wealthy or upper-crust character needs a Freudian Excuse).

Unfortunately also Truth in Television. Compare the Addled Addict, who may or may not have children, and Junkie Parent.

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Dramatic Examples:

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ran Mouri's Bumbling Dad Kogoro in Detective Conan fits in both sides of the spectre. On the "Dramatic" hand he does have a good perception in solving cases at times, but most of the time, he just wastes time drinking, and at least once he's been straight-up drinking his sorrows away. He still loves Ran and cares for Conan in his own way, though.
  • Arisa Uotani's father in Fruits Basket is assumed to be an alcoholic.
  • Shinichi's father in Kore wa Koi no Hanashi, who held down a hard-working job, but drank a lot and was also verbally and physically violent towards his wife. Though whether he ever harmed Shinichi is never mentioned.
  • Tomoya's father in CLANNAD, straight up out of sorrow. He gets better.
  • Aiko "Anko" Tokosumi's mother in Bokurano. Specially when her husband is caught cheating on her and, since he's a popular Intrepid Reporter, it becomes a very public affair.
  • Jounounchi's father in Yu-Gi-Oh!; we never see him in person, but there's a pile of bottles outside his door and his only interaction with his son is drunken ranting.
  • Kevin Smith's father, George in The Prince of Tennis
  • Miyata's father in Hajime no Ippo was this after losing his boxing career, which causes his wife to divorce him. He gets better when he sees his son has inherited his talent and decides to help him, becoming both his coach and a good single father.
  • Sakuya Ookuchi's mother Reiko in Sensual Phrase. She actually drank herself to death.
  • Junko Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl. Episode 3 has her arriving home late and so sloshed that her husband and kids have to tuck her into bed, but otherwise she's a pretty normal person.
  • In Future GPX Cyber Formula ZERO, Henri Claytor's unnamed father picked up the drinking habit after Hayato won first championship and being the youngest CF champion instead of his son. This was also Henri's Start of Darkness, and the seeds of his hatred for Hayato were planted from there.
  • Yuri's father, Mr. Legend in Tiger & Bunny. He was not a good parent when drunk.
  • Taro Misaki's father Ichiro in Captain Tsubasa was this in the past. While not a bad person, it still caused friction in Taro's family and led his wife to divorce him.
  • Christina Gabriel in Heat Guy J.
  • Oskar von Reuenthal's verbally abusive father in Legend of Galactic Heroes.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dio Brando's abusive, alcoholic father was the reason why Dio lived most of his young life in poverty (Even by 19th century England's standards,) which in turn drove him to do whatever it took to gain wealth and power.
    • In Part 8, this trope returns with Yasuho Hirose's mother, Suzuyo. It's implied the latter is very frequently found drunk and passed out in their house.
  • Baku's father in Onegai My Melody. Sometimes it's Played for Laughs, but it's also established that he drinks on the job (he trims foliage) and strains his family's (15 mouths total) already tight budget.
  • Revy's father in Black Lagoon was a violent, drunken Lower-Class Lout who regularly beat her and (judging by her comments about Greenback Jane reminding her of her family services caseworker) was regularly under investigation for abusing her. He became Revy's first kill.

    Comic Books 
  • Jonah Hex's father, Woodson Hex.
  • Captain America's father was an alcoholic but Steve still loved him.
  • Iron Man might have gotten his alcoholism from his father, and the second movie made sure to include a scene of Howard drinking while shooting a film clip. Though Howard apparently isn't Tony's biological father. It's still possible that he inherited alcoholism from one of his biological parents.
  • The current Nova, Sam Alexander, had a father who was an alcoholic that may stem from his flashbacks during his time as a Nova. In spite of this flaw, he was shown to be a Good Parent and good husband the point where Eva even implied that he is experiencing a "rough" time. Though he became sober after staging a slave revolt against the Chitauris
  • Cassandra Cain's father David is an alcoholic, though it's unclear if he was always one, or if he started Drowning His Sorrows after she ran away from him.
  • Robin Series: Jack Drake starts Drowning His Sorrows after he makes some financial gambles that result in Drake Industries going bankrupt. He goes from ignoring Tim while traveling and being cluelessly chipper about his terrible parenting, to ignoring Tim while locking himself his room while moping and drinking.
  • In Peter Pan, Peter's mother is an abusive alcoholic.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dick Tracy: Model's parents are unemployed alcoholics who are are never seen without a bottle or a glass in their hands. The teenaged Model provides the only income coming into the household.

    Fan Works 
  • The Tainted Grimoire: Isabella, Luso's and Frimelda's mother, is this to the point of Parental Neglect.
  • Old West: James Douglas, father of Rattlesnake Jake, was both this, and committed Domestic Abuse. Little Jake was forced to witness every night the beatings his mother Selena received from James, with the final night resulting in Selena's death and the beginning of Jake's life as an outlaw.
  • Ruby and Nora: Willow Schnee loves Alcohol as much as she loves women.
  • How to Break a Family: Mr. Read turns to alcohol in the fourteen years after DW's disappearance and his divorce from Jane.
  • Wine Red no Kokoro goes into depth on Gotz's alcoholism in Harvest Moon 64. He always liked to drink but, after the vineyard went bad, he began going out more and more and it soon turned from fun into alcoholism. He's never physically abusive to his daughter Karen or wife Sasha, but there's a lot of arguing and he used to punish Karen by locking her into rooms when she was younger. It got to the point where Karen began helping at the local bar as a child because she wanted to be close to her father.
  • Kimber grew into one in the Jem sequel fic Lasting Fame. Her teenage daughter has become distant as a result of her mother's depression and alcoholism.
  • RWBY: Scars:
    • Weiss, Whitley, and Winter's mother Willow has been an alcoholic for 30 years. Willow drinks to avoid thinking about her troubled home life and husband, as well as to deal with her schizophrenic hallucinations. She's rarely ever sober and is very distant from her children. Winter has a heavy disdain for alcoholics thanks to her mother. Her kids consider her no better than their abusive father Jacques, but deep down Willow does care for her children. After Weiss' Interrupted Suicide, Willow decides to quit and join an AA group.
    • Mercury's father Marcus was a physically abusive alcoholic. Mercury ended up killing him during a fight.
    • Qrow is Ruby's biological father, though he hasn't told her and she knows him as her parental-like uncle. He drinks to help deal with the memories of having to kill his lover, and Ruby's mother, Summer during a spy mission.
  • Touch: Roxy mentions that there was always plenty of cheap alcohol around her childhood home thanks to her alcoholic Junkie Parent of mother. Her mother was also neglectful and abusive.
  • It's mentioned in Super Villain Prevention 101 that Harley Quinn's father is a neglectful alcoholic. He often couldn't afford his psychiatric medicine, so he turned to alcohol to self-medicate.
  • In The Power of the Equinox, Scootaloo is constantly hit by her alcoholic adoptive father Brutus Meadows. It used to be a case of Happily Adopted, but after Brutus' wife Vibrant Glow ran into serious gambling debts, he became an alcoholic and as a result, abusive.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • I Accuse My Parents, a movie featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, is an attempt at a dramatic example. The lead character, Jimmy Wilson, claims that his alcoholic parents' loveless marriage and lack of attention was responsible for his life of crime. However, anyone who watched the movie, including Joel & the 'Bots, can tell that it has more to do with his own stupidity and lying to cover up what his home life was like.
    Laughing Girl: She's drunk!
    Crow: It's funny!
  • As portrayed in Saving Mr. Banks, P.L. Travers' beloved father has a hell of an alcohol problem.
  • Any time Robert Downey Jr.. plays someone with kids, such as in Charlie Bartlett, where he plays the father.
  • In Forrest Gump, it's implied that Jenny's father is an alcoholic (as well as sexually abusive).
  • In The Grizzlies, Zach's parents are alcoholics and drug users, manifesting in parental neglect to the point of starvation. Kyle's father also drinks heavily which results in physical abuse towards his wife and son. Alcoholism is implied to be a widespread issue in the Inuit community due to intergenerational trauma from colonialism and residential schools.
  • Cherrybomb: Luke's father is a shambling, drunken wreck who unsuccessfully tries to kill himself, and then abandons his son altogether.
  • Amy is going to AA meetings in Men with Brooms, though she ends up falling Off the Wagon. Her son's rather blunt and understanding response to Chris Cutter's attempt to explain it away as her being sick implies that this happens relatively often.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street:
  • Eric's uncle Hugo in The Boy Who Could Fly. Obviously not a parent, but Hugo is Eric's guardian. His drinking gets so bad that he lost custody of him a couple of times.
  • The father in the framing story of Creepshow which is fairly common in works by Stephen King.
  • Eve of Destruction: Dr. Eve Simmons' father was an abusive alcoholic who eventually killed her mother by pushing her into traffic. Because EVE is made in he doctor's likeness and implanted with her memories, she tracks "her" father down and kills him.
  • In Stella Maris, after her last servant leaves her, the alcoholic Louise adopts a girl from an orphanage to be her new servant. She does nothing but yell and abuse Unity. When Unity comes home without her groceries, Louise beats her unconscious. She ends up arrested and sent to prison for three years.
  • In Summer with Monika, Monika's father is a drunk who is friendly unless Monika snapped at him.
  • In Lykkefanten (also called Southern Comfort), Ida's mother has become a terrible alcoholic as a way of coping with her divorce, to the point that Ida spends much of the film trying to conceal the problem for fear that she and her brother will be sent into foster care.
  • Lucy's father, Battling Burrow, from Broken Blossoms is a drunkard boxer who beats his daughter when he's angry.
  • The Confirmation: Walt has troubles with alcohol, although he tries to stay sober around his son. Allen also mentions that Vaughn is passed out drunk at one point.
  • In Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent, Alan's father is a drunk who physically abuses his wife and son.

  • Johnny Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. He wasn't abusive—indeed he was very gentle and loving, and quite charming—but his problem meant that he couldn't provide for his family, and ultimately is what kills him while he is still young.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Thalia's mother.
  • Huckleberry Finn's "Pap".
  • Bob Ewell, in To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Danny Capistrano of Paraiso Street. One of his daughter’s methods of getting back at him is finding ways to make his hangovers worse.
  • Jay-Jay's foster mother in The Prince of Central Park.
  • Jack Torrance in Stephen King's The Shining had an alcoholic father and himself was one.
  • Both of Christopher Hitchcock's parents in Everworld.
  • Peter's father in Rivers of London is a pretty serious drug addict, he isn't a bad father though just relatively ineffectual (that Peter's mother is a serious Apron Matron probably meant she picked up the parenting slack pretty effortlessly though).
  • Catherine's and Heathcliff's foster father in Wuthering Heights.
  • In Bryan Miranda's The Journey to Atlantis, the father of Stacie.
  • The father in Angela's Ashes. He holds down a job for maybe a day when he can find work, and will drink off what he earns rather then bringing it home.
  • Nan's mother in The Wizard of London spends most of what she earns (or Nan gets by begging) on gin.
  • Maik's mother in Why We Took the Car. However, she is aware of her problem and a loving mother nonetheless, different from her husband.
  • The Rat's father in The Lost Prince is a drunkard and given to beating his son.
  • Opal's mother in Because of Winn-Dixie.
  • Downplayed but still played straight with Gloria Blundell in the Rosamunde Pilcher novel Winter Solstice. She's "never incapable, never hungover" as her husband Oscar puts it, but she gets through a lot of liquor. It's strongly implied that her drinking contributed to the car accident that got herself and her daughter killed.
  • Julian in The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah). His experiences in The Battle of The Somme inflicted serious psychological harm, and he is never seen without his brandy. However, his Parental Abandonment prevents the full effect of this trope from being felt by his daughters.
  • In Berättelse om herr Roos, Anna's father died from drinking, and her mother has become an alcoholic too.
  • Cal's and Niko's mother from the Cal Leandros series was an alcoholic. Sophia Leandros would go as far as throwing empty bottles at Cal when he was a kid and ranting at him about how much of a monster he is, even though it was her who sold her... reproductive ability to an Auphe for a pot of gold, which she quickly spent on more alcohol. At least on one occasion she also stole Niko's college money. While she burned to death prior to the first book in the series, the experience of growing up with Sophia as a mother teaches even resident bad boy Cal to never drink more than one beer as he believes to have inherited his mother's penchant for alcoholism.
  • Kate Shugak's parents were (mostly) functional alcoholics who died when Kate was quite young, leaving her to be raised by relatives. Her mother's death is the reason that Kate does not drink, and why she hates bootleggers so much.
  • Part and parcel of the back story of The Shack. The protagonist had a violent alcoholic father, who only got worse when the son tried to get help for himself and his battered mother. He ultimately murdered his father by poisoning his liquor.
  • Lucas' mother Terri used to be one in A Dog's Way Home. She was a war veteran who turned to drugs and alcohol after returning home. Her alcoholism and drug addiction led to her neglecting her son growing up. As an adult Lucas tries not to think about this, but Terri is still upset about neglecting him as a child. Terri's alcoholism recovery is a major part of her character and she regularly goes to group counciling for veterans. The titular dog, Bella, ends up being her service dog to help with her seizures and her depression.
  • After being removed from his Pup Pack, Lucky from Survivor Dogs was adopted into a less-than-stellar home. The children were too rough and handsy while the father was a drunkard who would beat Lucky. When the door was left open one day, Lucky ran away and has been on his own ever since. His days as a Leashed Dog are a blurry memory but it painted his opinion on humans. Lucky still hates the idea of being a pet and thinks it's unnatural for dogs to wear collars.
  • The Essex Serpent: Naomi Banks is a daughter of a fisherman who is also a local drunk. Her mother is dead. Mr Banks spends most of his time in pubs and Naomi kind of has to take care of him as well as of herself.
  • Spinning Silver: Gorek became a full-blown drunk after his wife's death, which drove him deep into debt, caused him to mismanage his farm, and exacerbated his neglect and abuse of his children. Wanda is quietly furious to realize that his liquor expenses are keeping them in poverty, and the last straw comes when he tries to marry her off in exchange for a weekly supply of booze.
  • Forbidden: The Whitleys’ mother, Lily.
    Lochan: Two hours ago you were too damn hungover to make it down the street to fetch your own children from school, and you couldn't even remember you'd asked someone else to pick them up!
    Lily: But, darling, aren't you pleased I'm feeling so much better?
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key: Joey's mother was known to drink during her pregnancy with him.
  • Eleanor & Park: Richie is constantly drinking and has driven drunk with his stepchildren and son in the truck more than once. Eleanor considers it a miracle that he hasn’t hurt anyone or caused a kid to fall off the back of the truck.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jack Shepard's father Christian on Lost.
    • Workman Roger Linus, father of Benjamin Linus.
  • Sue Ellen in Dallas
  • Allegedly, Jeff Winger's father on Community, doubling as an abusive parent.
  • Tara's single mother in True Blood.
  • John Winchester in Supernatural. You never actually see him drinking, but it's mentioned many times.
    Sam: So he's working over-time on a "Miller Time" shift; he'll stumble back in sooner or later.
    Sam: You don't want to see him [John] when he's drinking.
    Sam: Yeah, he's just deer hunting up at the cabin and he's probably got Jim, Jack, and Jose along with him. We're just gonna go bring him back.
  • Xander's parents (and entire family, really) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Played both for laughs and drama. Also, Faith's mother.
  • Leo on The West Wing had an alcoholic father who committed suicide when Leo was a kid. Leo grew up to be an alcoholic and drug-addicted parent himself (though with a good relationship with his daughter, who only says how proud she is when he confesses to it in a press conference). He got better.
  • Olivia Benson's mother on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was Flanderized from a single mom with an implied drinking problem to a violent, non-functional drunk. It likely has some background to it - Olivia was born as the result of rape.
  • Shawn's father from Boy Meets World was a recovered alcoholic.
  • CSI
    • has an episode where the team searches for a missing teenage girl who has an alcoholic father, implied to be physically abusive. When the team questions him, he basically states that he couldn't care less where her daughter is at, and seems happy at the thought she skipped town.
    • Ray Langston indicates his dad became one after his stint In Vietnam, along with giving into his violent tendencies.
  • Megan and Lily's father in Privileged. Though he's recovered when we first see him, he relapses when Shelby abandons them a second time
  • Meredith & Lexie's father in Grey's Anatomy, to the point where eventually he needs a liver transplant from Meredith to survive.
  • Lianne Mars, mother of the titular character in Veronica Mars. Which is why she is Put on a Bus by Veronica, after failing to complete rehab.
  • Robert Chase's mother on House; his father then pulled a Disappeared Dad when Robert was 15, leaving Chase alone for 5 years to watch as his mother slowly drank herself to death.
  • Kelly's mother on Beverly Hills, 90210, although she got better.
  • JAG: Bud Robert’s father. Mac’s late father was this also.
  • Carolanne Adama from Battlestar Galactica (2003) is implied very strongly to have been this.
  • On Castle, Beckett's father fell into alcoholism after his wife's murder, but recovered thanks to his daughter.
  • Ray Vecchio on Due South. He brought it into the open during 'North' when he got in an argument with his dad's ghost.
  • Pretty much spelled out when Nadia makes Drunken Peaches on Bitchin' Kitchen:
    Nadia: My dad used to make this recipe all the time, but instead of port, he'd use homemade wine! ...and there were no peaches. [beat] *quietly bites into a peach*
  • Degrassi has Ellie's mom who passed out once and almost burned down their house because she left the stove on. This causes Ellie to temporarily move in with her boyfriend Sean.
  • In the Masters of Horror episode "Imprint", the prostitute reveals how her late father turned to drinking to drown his sorrows from living in poverty due to his incestuous relation with his sister.
  • On The 100, both Raven and Murphy had alcoholic mothers. Raven suspects her mom had her just so she could trade Raven's food rations for liquor. Murphy's mother drank herself to death, and died blaming him for his father's death.
  • In Flesh and Bone Claire and Bryan's father is a vicious drunk.
  • Daredevil (2015): Wilson Fisk's father was a drunk and abusive loser who beat his wife and son on a regular basis, and pressured Wilson into having a taste of liquor.
  • Arlene Vaughn to Hayley Vaughn on All My Children, coupled with a sex addiction.
  • Rhonda Wexler to Karen Wexler on General Hospital, indirectly resulting in one of her boyfriends molesting Karen during her drunken blackouts.
  • Family Matters: Harriet fears Eddie is sexually active after finding a romantic note from his girlfriend, but Eddie informs his father that the girl's mother has a drinking problem and that he had finally convinced her to attend an Alateen meeting.
  • Euphoria:
    • Maddy's dad is supposedly "between jobs", but he spends much of his time passed out drunk.
    • Lexi and Cassie's mom is a shameless lush.
  • 7th Heaven: If an alcoholic parent is featured on this show, it will be portrayed dramatically (overdramatically, in the eyes of some).
  • Bones has Booth’s father. He’s said to have drank to deal with his war experience and it often tied into beating Booth and Jared.
  • The 4400: In "Blink", it is revealed that Tom's late father Mitch drank heavily because he hated being a beat cop.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "Her Pilgrim Soul", Dr. Kevin Drayton tells Nola Granville that his wife Carol's mother was an alcoholic and that she wants to have children so that she can be the kind of mother that she never had herself. Hearing about Nola's difficult childhood with her Fantasy-Forbidding Father allows Kevin to understand how Carol feels for the first time.
    • In "A Saucer of Loneliness", the middle-aged Margaret lives with her alcoholic, emotionally abusive mother who constantly belittles her because she doesn't have a man in her life. She tells Margaret that she should be respectable but her own behavior is anything but. She eventually throws Margaret out of her apartment because of all the negative publicity generated by her refusal to reveal the contents of the message from the Flying Saucer.
  • In The Bold Type Sutton's estranged mother Babs was an alcoholic which led to Sutton leaving home at age 16. When Sutton has to contact her in order to get her birth certificate for a passport, Babs tries to make amends and reveals she's since worked on sobriety and a more stable life, leading her and Sutton to reconcile.

  • The John Denver song "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)."
  • Billy Currington's "Walk a Little Straighter."
  • Weezer's "Say It Ain't So."
  • Demi Lovato's "For The Love of a Daughter".
  • Melanie Martinez's "Dollhouse" and "Sippy Cup" are about a teenage girl whose family is very dysfunctional. Her mother is an alcoholic due to her husband's infidelity.
  • Flyleaf's "Fire Fire" contains the lyrics "You're ashamed of where you're from. 'Crying cause your father's drunk". It's implied to be about an abusive dad who ends up running off by the end of the song.
  • The second girl in Ludacris' song "Runaway Love" is a ten year old with an abusive, alcoholic step-father.
  • The start of Jaymes Young's "Stone" mentions how the person being sung about has an absentee Disappeared Dad. Their mother turned to alcohol afterwards.
    Your father came and went like the ocean's tide and the day he left he never said goodbye.
    Your mother started drinking like the whole world died.
    You've been waiting for a miracle your whole life.

  • Vanessa's mother in In the Heights, who drinks away Vanessa's wages that were to be spent on their electricity bill.

    Video Games 
  • Ethel Prune, Lillian's mother, in the first Laura Bow game. It's somewhat played for laughs, although we are shown the damaging effect it has on her daughter and the way the family ostracizes them both because of it.
  • Junpei's father in Persona 3. In The Answer, one flashback shows Junpei at Paulownia Mall, having fled his father's drunken ravings, wondering how pathetic you have to be to get hammered on cooking wine.
  • Jecht toward Tidus in Final Fantasy X, though Jecht being neglectful and absent are the bigger issues between the two of them. It takes an incident involving him attacking a shoopuf to get him to quit cold turkey.
  • The protagonist's mother in Among the Sleep has a drinking problem and the monster of the game represents her drunken, abusive side.
  • Bad Day on the Midway:
    • Dixie's father was drunk and depressed, though he never was abusive towards her and instead treated her as a regular parent would.
    • Lottie's mother started drinking when her husband left one day. This led to the two being caught in a car accident, her mother dead and Lottie without legs.
  • Satoko's adoptive uncle in Higurashi: When They Cry, Teppei, drinks and plays cards with his buddies instead of being a responsible parent. He also makes her buy alcohol and beats her up when drunk. The kicker? She's around nine years old. Unlike other examples on this page, Teppei has no love for Satoko at all, and it's unknown whether her aunt drank any alcohol at all, either.
  • Stardew Valley:
    • Pam's alcoholism-induced neglect drove her husband away and forced her daughter Penny to take on the responsibilities of the household at an early age, turning Penny somewhat resentful.
    • It's bad enough that little Jas lost both her birth parents, but her only remaining legal guardian, Shane, is actively and intentionally drinking himself to death due to chronic depression and a Soul-Sucking Retail Job.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt brings us Philip Strenger, aka the Bloody Baron, whose missing wife and daughter you must find in the quest "Family Matters." It's revealed that he was physically abusive to his wife.
  • Story of Seasons:
    • Kate's Henpecked Husband of a father in Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is a Salary Man who spends much of his free time at the bar.
    • Karen's emotionally abusive father Gotz from Harvest Moon 64 spends most of his nights at the local bar. Karen herself can become this, to a degree, if she marries either the protagonist or Kai. While she mostly calms down after marriage, her love of wine still borders on alcoholism.
  • Dragon Age.
    • Part of Varric's backstory. He doesn't talk about it much, but he does make several allusions to it in party banter during Dragon Age II; his mother was a Lady Drunk and most of his childhood was spent taking care of her.
    • Also part of Dorian's backstory. Nine out of ten mentions of his mother involve her drinking. It's implied that it was her way of coping with an unwanted Arranged Marriage.
  • Cid Randell in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance became a drunk after his wife died. Mewt, who is Cid's son, is upset by his father's drinking and cringes at his his behavior. The localized version of the game removes the drunk aspect and replaces it with Cid simply having trouble at work and being a loser.
  • Jim Ortiz from Harvest Town became an alcoholic after his wife divorced him. Despite his best efforts to love and care for his young son Justin, Jim's drunken habits is one of the major point of conflict between him and his son.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • When Weiss talks to Yang about the former's family life in Volume 5, she reveals that her father Jacques's lack of interest in her 10th birthday party led to him confirming to his wife that he only married her so he can obtain the prestigious Schnee name and company. Her mother's subsequent breakdown led to her drinking in the family home's garden and no longer taking any active part in her children's lives. When Willow Schnee finally makes her appearance in Volume 7, she's alone in her husband's study during a major event and drinking vodka straight from the bottle.
    • Cinder first meets Mercury just as he's killing the assassin she's arrived to hire — Mercury's own father. Mercury's legs are bandaged, but hint at devastating injuries and the possibility that his father was abusive. When Mercury reports to Cinder that Qrow has arrived at Beacon Academy, he describes Qrow as smelling like his father after a long day. Qrow is an alcoholic and Mercury runs into him shortly after he spent time getting drunk in a bar, implying that Mercury's father might have been an alcoholic.
  • ACTUALLY HAPPENED: In I've Had 3 Foster Families, And I've Seen Things, a girl named Chloe is put into foster care after her mother dies of alcoholism-related reasons.
  • In His History Revealed: A Dr. Robotnik Biography, Robotnik's father Harold turned to alcohol over time. He died of liver failure when his son was in high school.

    Web Comics 

    Web Videos 
  • The Human Pet: Eric's mother, who his sister described as having succumbed to drinking due to their father's abusive nature.
  • One Take: Samuel, who abused his son James and his daughter Jasmine, the latter feeling more of the consequences. However, he's remorseful and working on it.

    Western Animation 
  • Moral Orel:
    • Following the show's Cerebus Syndrome (see below), Clay Puppington's status as this in played for drama, particularly in episodes like "Nature".
    • Bloberta used to be one, and was the one that drove Clay into it to coerce him into marrying her.
  • Conor from Song of the Sea has had this problem ever since his wife, Bronagh, vanished without a trace.
  • One episode of Jem featured a boy being kicked out by his abusive dad. Word of God is that his dad was an alcoholic. They were supposed to reappear in an episode which revealed as much, but the script was nixed.
  • In the reboot of Ben 10 its implied Kevin has this. it's outright stated Kevin, Ben's schoolyard bully, doesn't have family he can depend on. The villain Forever Knight uses this to get Kevin to work for him for a time. The Tennyson's are even aware of this and are just sort of waiting for Kevin to work things out. Some episodes Max even has minor parenting moments with the boy: rocking him as he sleeps, and giving him a small talking to about empathy. One episode has Kevin trashing a theme park which Gwen points out isn't like him and just asks what's wrong. Gwen and Ben are just told Kevin's upset over hearing every kid at school talk about going, when no one takes him. The viewers are treated to a short flashback of Kevin angry over hearing kids talk about it at school and that a girls dad took her. It cross fades to Kevin still looking angry standing in his hallway having just come home from school. From where he stands he can see into the living room where a tv plays an ad for the theme park. The channel is changed mid-ad to one for "Beverage: the last beverage you'll need". The camera switches to show kevin's front side again and we see the person who changed the channel appears to be a man in sweat pants or pjs and a lazy boy. Kevin then gose upstairs without either of them saying a word.

Comedic Examples:

    Anime & Manga 
  • Yusuke's mom Atsuko in Yu Yu Hakusho is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, and two of the funniest scenes involving her happen when she's drunk.
  • Ryuuji's mom Yasuko in Toradora!. Somewhat more understandable as she actually works as a bar hostess, thus her job includes drinking quite a bit and interacting with drunk people.
  • As said above, Kogoro Mouri of Detective Conan fits in both the Dramatic and Comedic sides of the trope. When the Comedic side is invoked on him, he's seen dancing or sleeping dunkenly with his tie around his forehead and is more of a Butt-Monkey than usual.
  • Hanae Ichinose in Maison Ikkoku is constantly drinking, especially with the neighbors and will start a fan dance while drunk. She has a son named Kentaro who along with Otanashi, feels like the only normal person in the building.
  • Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is an Alcoholic Parental Substitute for Kanna, though she's high-functioning enough that it never causes any problems. It leads to an adorable moment when she comes in for Parents' Day at school and Kanna reads her appreciation letter.
    Kanna: Kobayashi is a nice person who turns into a different person when she's drunk, but she's still a nice person. I love Kobayashi even if she loves maids.

  • Christopher Titus often made jokes about his late father's alcoholism, claiming that in every single photograph he has of his dad has him with a beer in his hand. When he wound up on the local news for being pulled over for drunk driving, Chris and his brother taped it and the family gathers around to watch it on holidays.

    Fan Works 
  • The background pony "Berry Punch" is treated this way within the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanbase. Fans first noticed her when she pulled her daughter into her house in one episode. This led to her becoming known as "Overprotective Pony Parent", or "OPPP" for short. Not too long afterwards fans noticed her Cutie Mark was a group of berries. It thus became fanon that her special talent was related to wine-brewing, which ultimately caused a lot of jokes about her being a drunkard. The concept of her being an alcoholic has become Ascended Fanon albeit in the form of sly jokes. Berry Punch is thus written by most fans as a (usually single) mother who drinks a lot. Her mothering skills tend to vary heavily from fan to fan. She can be anything from a responsible and overprotective mother who likes to drink to a barely coherent and neglectful mother who is always drunk.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Back to the Future trilogy:
    • Lorraine McFly in the beginning of Back to the Future.
    • It's implied in Back to the Future Part II that she drinks (in the alternate 1985, at least), most likely so she can cope with the fact that she's married to Biff Tannen. Biff even says "Who's gonna pay for your clothes, huh? And your jewelry, and your liquor?" when she threatens to leave him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development. Also a Lady Drunk, and (true to form) this gives all her children serious issues that would be horrifying if they weren't the main characters of a sitcom.
  • Eric's Almighty Mom Kitty on That '70s Show. (It was pretty subtle in the beginning, but it reached near lampshade proportions by the end of the series)
  • The Strangers with Candy episode "Dreams on the Rocks" is all about this. Spoof Aesop: "It's better to be a happy, gin-soaked grape than an anguished raisin in the sun." (It Makes Sense in Context. Well, it doesn't, but... you know.)
  • Scrubs:
    • Dr. Cox can be a pretty heavy drinker even after having his son Jack. Cox controls himself at home and is a loving father, but it didn't keep Jack's first full sentence from being "Daddy drinks a lot" (Though in that episode it was played for drama, as the reason who Cox was drinking so heavily was that he had a Heroic BSoD after having been responsible for the deaths of three patients.) Not that mom-Jordan is exactly a light drinker either mind you.
    • Played for Drama as part of Dr Cox's back story. His father's favorite hobby was to get drunk and beat him and his sister through every room in the house, while his mother did absolutely nothing to stop him. A loving gesture was when he threw an empty bottle at young Perry and deliberately missed.
  • iCarly: Sam's mother is implied to be this, with lines like her being passed out on the couch, and various other subtle indications that she's an alcoholic wreck.
  • Edina Monsoon (in addition to drug use and other dysfunctional habits) in Absolutely Fabulous.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? gives us the "Drunk Mother" Hoedown.
    Chip Esten:
    Well, I knew Colin's mother. Yes, I must tell the truth
    When she was nursing Colin, her milk was 90 proof
    She wanted to kick the habit! She didn't know what to do.
    But if your baby looked like that then you'd be drinkin' too!
  • Way over on the Black Comedy end of the spectrum there's The Kids in the Hall's "Daddy Drank" skit:
    Daddy: All right now, son, I want you to get a good night's rest. And remember, I could murder you while you sleep. It's easy, son, all you have to do is be quiet and willing to do it. And son, I am willing to do it. And, I've got quiet shoes. Good night, son. Sleep well.

  • "Thunderbird" by They Might Be Giants is a tongue-in-cheek, dissonantly up-tempo song about a struggling alcoholic whose drinking habit strains his relationship with his daughter.
    I know, I know, I said that I would quit
    Alright, I promise, no more after this
    You don't know how I tried
    To forget what it was like
    I remember now, I remember now
    Why they call it thunderbird

    Web Comics 
  • Ennui GO!: Adelie Pritchard is rarely ever seen not holding a glass of wine or, less often, getting completely plastered. Downplayed in this case, since she's never seen drunk around her son Max but she's also not shy about openly drinking in front of him and it's always played comedically. Helps that Max doesn't really have a problem with his mom's alcoholism.
  • Homestuck: Mom Lalonde is definitely this, almost never being seen without a martini in hand. Clearly for laughs, though - the worst she does to Rose is offer her a sip of the martini in an act of ironic negligence. Also offering her a beautiful, pink pony. Too bad Rose hates ponies and the color pink.
  • Headless Bliss has Queen Diov, mother of Annùn who's shown in some scenes to find solace in the bottle. Literally on this page.

    Web Videos 
  • One of the many squicky things that Ask That Guy with the Glasses has revealed about his parents is that his hated mother drinks too much. And from what Critic's (now known to be ATG's twin) told us about her, all the more reason to think of her as an Evil Matriarch. Aunt Despair, a character Critic apparently based on his in-universe mother, is an awful parent who has never been shown sober.
  • The Nostalgia Chick's parents were both drinkers, which explains her own alcohol problem better.
  • Ozzy Man Reviews: Eddie Stark from Eddie Stark, Australian Dad (Gag Dub of Game of Thrones) is an archery coach and he has a drinking problem. For example, he's drunk when he's training his son Bran. Eddie is in denial and says that a man needs a drink and that he has two beers, tops. Bran insists that he's lying, and Eddie threatens to beat Bran up. Played for Laughs.

    Western Animation 
  • Rick and his daughter Beth in Rick and Morty, though Beth's alcoholism is generally played for drama.
  • Homer Simpson from The Simpsons, to the point that one of the contact numbers at Springfield Elementary is at Moe's Tavern.
  • Drinky Crow in one episode of The Drinky Crow Show, until he gets drunk and makes omelets out of them.
  • Clay Puppington on Moral Orel starts off Played for Laughs. Then we start seeing the effects it has on his family and Orel in particular, and it veers right into Dude, Not Funny!.
  • Pickles Oblong (the mother) on The Oblongs.
  • According to Word of God, Miriam Pataki on Hey Arnold!. The show hints it fairly strongly with her overall lethargic and depressive personality, as well as her allusions to "coffee", "tabasco" and "smoothies." It's also stated in "The Beeper Queen" that she's lost her driver's license, which could be inferred to be due to a DUI violation, something supported by Bob mentioning in another episode that she had to do community service. Had the Spin-Off series The Patakis gotten greenlighted, Mrs. Pataki would have been doing a 12-step recovery program (Alcoholics Anonymous, or something similar).
  • Peter Griffin from Family Guy, who got that from his biological Irish father. It's a great honor in Ireland to be the town drunk.
  • South Park:
    • A possible subversion wit Stan's dad. Randy Marsh likes to drink with friends, but is only seen drunk in a couple episodes. In one episode he gets a DUI, has to attend AA meetings, where instead of taking responsibility and controlling his behavior, he is told he has a "disease." At the end of the episode, he possibly learns discipline and self-control.
    • South Park does play the trope straight with Kenny's parents, though. Whenever Kenny's home life is shown, his parents are almost always drunk and either screaming or hurting each other. It's even revealed that they once joined the Cult of Cthulhu just for the free beer at the meetings, which is implied to be the reason behind Kenny's ability to die over and over again. At one point, they even lose custody of their kids because of their alcoholism.
  • Both of Kevin's parents in Kevin Spencer. His mother even dies of consumption in the final episode.
  • One of the kids at Pokey Oaks in The Powerpuff Girls apparently has one. In "Paste Makes Waste" a children's drawing can be seen at the school featuring an angry man holding a bottle of alcohol with "Daddy" written under it.


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