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Howard: You ready to talk about it?
Sheldon: I'm not nearly drunk enough. [takes a sip of beer] Okay.

People you should never, ever offer a drink to. As soon as they even taste a drop of alcohol, they either pass out (putting you in danger in case that person should really be awake) or go off the deep end. It rarely gets as far as endless vomiting or a near death experience, or anything else that usually happens after alcohol poisoning, because this is primarily a comedy trope, though it can be used in a dramatic work as well if the person in question is a particularly abusive mean drunk or turns into a disgusting lecherous creep.

This trope is extremely common, and is most often used for comedic effect. If you need to wake him up fast, you'll need a Hideous Hangover Cure.

May overlap with Kissing Under the Influence, Intoxication Ensues, Drunken Master, Lampshade Wearing, and Sentimental Drunk. Polar opposite of Never Gets Drunk.

If instead the character gets intoxicated from something that's not alcoholic at all, they're Drunk on Milk.

Depending on how serious the fiction is trying to be, it can very well be Truth in Television, although it's more common and more fun to exaggerate it past all semblance of realism. It's worth mentioning that this has plenty of basis in reality; the liver processes alcohol and other active compounds with enzymes, and depending on a multitude of factors, from genetics to body weight, it varies somewhat in how efficiently it can carry out the processes required. This crosses over to other beverages, such as tea and coffee; some can drink enough coffee to leave most wired for hours and still be sound asleep by midnight, while others drink a single mug at 10 PM and find it impossible to get any sleep at all.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Despite the fact that Yaku is 89 years old, she has the body of an 8-year-old, which prevents her from being able to drink. Playing Drunk causes her to lose consciousness after a while.
  • Played with in Ah! My Goddess; Belldandy can take in liquor like water, but give her even a sip of cola and she'll be completely hammered. Since she is a powerful goddess, this gets problematic.
  • Aoi in Ai Yori Aoshi gets near passing out from three beers. Possibly justified in that she was highly sheltered growing up and probably had no exposure.
  • The titular character of Birdy the Mighty: Decode was shown getting hammered within seconds from just one can of beer. Conversely, in the OVA, Birdy was able to take a swig of wine from a wine tasting festival without any problem.
  • Train from Black Cat cannot hold his liquor. He's shown having a HUGE hangover soon after drinking a small bottle of wine.
  • Captain Shuusuke Amagai from the Bleach anime gets utterly drunk from a single cup (or sip?) of sake. This becomes a problem (and a Running Gag) due to his friendship with Captain Kyoraku, who always has sake during their conversations. On one occasion, he became drunk after smelling sake. He claims he has also become drunk from eating food that is flavored like sake. And you know you're in trouble when smelling sake leads to this. One of the funniest instances of this for the Captain is in his debut episode, where he takes a drink and passes out. Immediately afterward, his squad is sent on an emergency mission. When his squad is about to be wiped out, he shows up, saves the day in a spectacularly badass way, makes an insightful remark, and promptly passes out, still drunk off his ass.
  • In Brave10, Kamanosuke and Isanami get real drunk real fast during Jinpachi's drinking challenge. Kamanosuke even becomes flushed from the first drop that lands on him.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: Chuuya has no tolerance for alcohol, despite the fact that he enjoys wine enough for it to be one of his official likes. In an omake, Chuuya manages to get hammered, get his phone confiscated for drunk dialing his arch rival and pass out before even finishing a single glass.
  • Lilica from Burn Up! Scramble becomes intoxicated from even small amounts of alcohol, which exacerbates her Cute Clumsy Girl tendencies, as well as bringing out the Les Yay for Rio.
  • The Café Terrace and Its Goddesses: Shiragiku Ono gets drunk extremely easily, even from sniffing the fumes from alcohol used in cooking or even antibacterial wipes. When she is drunk, she tends to strip naked and hit on everybody.
  • Captain Harlock: Unlike his best friend Harlock, who remain sober as a judge, Tochiro gets drunk very quickly — often seen falling asleep after a single drink. In the Dimensional Voyage manga, his wife refuses to pour wine on his grave because she knows he can't hold his liquor.
  • Call of the Night: Anko is such a lightweight that she can't finish a single glass of beer before getting plastered.
  • The eponymous dad from Dad, the Beard Gorilla and I immediately passes out after accidentally taking a sip of Oolong-hainote  during a dinner with his colleagues, and gets a terrible hangover the next morning.
  • Less than one can of alcopop is enough to make Lilith in The Demon Girl Next Door tipsy.
  • Den-noh Coil: The kids' Sensei-chan teacher. She gets drunk off whiskey bonbons.
  • In D.Gray-Man, Allen Walker once got drunk by eating alcoholic chocolates. There's a reason he's forbidden from touching alcohol. According to the Kuro no Bansenkai Drama CD, he gets vicious when drunk and trashed a restaurant without even remembering it.
  • Divergence Eve: The girls go out on leave in "Specular". At a nightclub Luxandra drinks one martini and immediately passes out.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • As of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Son Gohan is officially this trope.
    • This however, was foreshadowed all the way back on the first movie Dead Zone, where upon eating one of the apples in Garlic Jr's palace (said to be alcoholic), he went all-out tripping balls.
  • In Dr. STONE, Matsukaze passes out from a single sip of beer, causing the other characters to exclaim "He's a lightweight!!"
  • Sora Wakanae, from the manga Family Compo, falls asleep after drinking one glass of beer.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • Sagara Sōsuke is a soldier, but he evidently almost never drinks, and therefore has very little endurance for the stuff. In one chapter of the manga adaptation, he's shown taking a sip from a small cup of amazake (a sweet sake that has very low alcohol content), and promptly gets dead drunk, complete with the fever and loss of strength. Kaname even comes out and tells him, "you really can't hold your liquor." And even after passing out and coming to, he's still drunk, with Kaname lamenting that there's a limit to how much of a lightweight people can be. Later in the novels, he literally Can't Hold His Liquor, due to debilitating internal injuries courtesy of a rifle round that relieved him of a portion of his liver among other things.
    • Bonus points for Sōsuke having been raised as a Muslim in Afghanistan (Islam famously forbids the consumption of alcohol among believers), which may explain his low alcohol tolerance. Well at least some Islamic values, he isn't really that religious when compared the folks who reared him. Late into season 2 of the anime, Sōsuke, having hit rock bottom, spent most of an episode wandering around Hong Kong with an unopened bottle of brandy. When he finally does take a swig, he promptly spits it out and tosses the bottle in the trash, wondering aloud what people see in the stuff.
  • Tsukuyo in Gintama brutalizes Gintoki (and later Shinpachi and Kagura, but mostly Gintoki) after just a small sip of sake. Even just eating a single whiskey bonbon can set her off. At one point Gintoki refers to her as a "drunk terminator".
  • Girl Friends: Akko passes out after drinking less than one glass of Kahlúa and milk. She even acknowledges that she's a lightweight.
  • Van in GUN×SWORD is knocked out by a single swig of tequila and rendered helpless by a single glass of wine (which he mistook for something less harmful). He's quite aware of this; his trademark drink is milk.
  • Handsome Girl and Crossdressing Boy: An omake shows Hazuki becomes a Sentimental Drunk when she has alcohol.
  • Father and son Doctor Clive and Haré (though he is a kid) from Haré+Guu both get drunk from one sip of beer. The Doctor becomes childish while Haré is one mean drunk.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • England (English dub version). After one drink, he's passed out on the bar, wondering whether he's Catholic or Protestant, declaring himself "The United Bloody Kingdom," announcing that he can "...hild his locker" better than America, whining/crying over America not accepting his offer of friendship, and bawling over how the friendship refusal is "total bollocks!" The next day, England is under a green blanket, shivering and wondering why the light won't shut up.
      Bartender: Is he okay?
      America: Naw, he always gets like this when he's drinking.
      England: YOU DON'T KNOW ME!
    • Possibly subverted, because there was a scene cut and it is never stated how much he drank. Also justified, considering the size of Britain. Which in contrast, Russia, the largest country in the world is never seen drunk despite his love of vodka.
    • Spain becomes "very sentimental" when he drinks, according to Word of God.
    • Denmark is falling off his chair drunk in the Nordic Five Drama CD, to the point that he has to be taken home by his best friend Norway. Ironic, considering he's the heaviest drinker in Northern Europe, and Norway calls him a drunk in the same CD.
  • Hidamari Sketch: For Yuno and Miyako's welcoming party, Sae and Hiro buy food and drink. Hiro inadvertently buys alcohol. At the party, the two sophomores get drunk on one glass. While Miyako's antics are pretty normal for her, the bright redness of her face tells the tale. Yuno starts talking about the color of goldfish and the sun, then passes out and is taken to sleep it off (talking in her sleep).
  • How to Treat a Lady Knight Right: A bonus story in volume one has Houli offering lady knight Leo an energy potion he made. He notes he used some fruit juice and a smidge of alcohol in it to make it go down easier. That smidge, which Houli claims was as minimal as he could manage, is enough to get Leo plastered. To Houli's surprise, the stoic Leo turns out to be a giggly drunk. She plays with Houli's face, strips off the bottom part of her armor because it's hot, sits on Houli's lap, punches him into the sky just as Houli was starting to lose to the temptation to cop a feel, and remembers none of it afterward.
  • Eru Chitanda from Hyouka became severely intoxicated after consuming a box of whiskey chocolates.
  • Subverted in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying. Kaoru doesn't get drunk easily. But when she gets drunk, she gets DRUNK.
  • Miko from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War ends up getting drunk from eating alcohol-flavored chocolates at Tsubame's Christmas party (admittedly, she was binging on them). Everyone else at the party quickly agrees that she should never be allowed to go drinking once she comes of age, since it'll end up getting her into trouble. If Hayasaka's Flash Forward dream near the end of the series is any indication, she develops a much higher tolerance as she gets older.
  • Kurama from Kamisama Kiss has a very low alcohol tolerance, which is in direct contrast to his brother Jirou.
  • Shinobu from Love Hina gets wasted after a sip of white wine. Justified, as she's 13 years old.
  • In Mahoraba, one of Kozue's personalities (ironically the tough one) couldn't drink anything but very weak wine. The anime ups this to getting knock-out drunk from even smelling beer.
  • Even though Dr. Hell from Mazinger Z tends to enjoy A Glass of Chianti now and then, he gets tipsy easily. In the last episodes of one of the manga continuities, he barely could stand upright after one glass. On the other hand, his minions (Baron Ashura, Count Brocken, Viscount Pygman) show a bigger tolerance to alcohol.
  • In Mission: Yozakura Family, Futaba laughs hysterically after getting splashed with sake and quickly starts attacking all of the gang members who happen to be attending the same inn as her.
  • Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid gets drunk very easily, which often results in maid-related rants. Her tolerance for alcohol is so low that any magical potion containing alcohol will be nullified in its effects.
  • Molester Man: Loli passes out drunk at Molester Man's apartment (she was already drunk before getting there) and throws up on his bed.
  • Masayuki Hori from Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun. The first time it comes up, it's after he eats an entire brandy cake by himself, so it isn't completely unbelievable... then in an Omake from Volume 10 he gets red-faced drunk after eating a few alcoholic chocolates.
  • According to the tie-in Light Novels, Eraserhead of My Hero Academia claims that he can't remember ever getting drunk. Then it gets revealed that this is because he goes from sober to blackout wasted while skipping all intermediate stages, so he doesn't remember it.
  • In Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Narugami is revealed to be like this, when he's forced to pose as the bride of a shinto wedding (long story) and drinks from the ritual cup of sake — instantly becoming roaring drunk, which is kinda' odd considering that he's an incarnation of Thor, who was famous for his alcohol-capacity. Of course, Thor was also famous for being a roaring drunk—these two attributes are not necessarily incompatible.
  • Naruto:
    • Rock Lee gets drunk (and goes into kick-ass mode) from just one sip of alcohol.
    • Naruto himself has a low alcohol tolerance. The day before his inauguration he went out drinking but ended up so drunk that he missed his own hokage inauguration.
  • Negi of Negima! Magister Negi Magi got drunk from one cup of amazake, which is a sweeter, low-alcoholic version of traditional sake. He is ten years old, but still...
  • Yun of New Game! doesn't handle alcohol very well. At Aoba's welcoming party, she passes out near the very start.
  • Almost everyone gets sloshed (apparently on one glass of wine) in episode 20 of PandoraHearts, but Gilbert runs the gamut from misaimed belligerence to sloppy begging to a cute but slightly disturbing reversion to childhood. Then he passes out.
  • In Power of Hope ~PreCure Full Bloom~, we see that Rin and Kurumi cannot handle their drinks, with Rin descending into Inelegant Blubbering and Kurumi drunkenly flirting with Karen.
  • Throughout Pumpkin Scissors, Alice refuses to drink alcohol under any circumstances. In the final episode of the anime, when Oland gives a speech about protecting her, she responds by giving him the opportunity — she drinks half a glass of wine and immediately passes out, falling into his arms.
  • Hibari of Reborn He is known not to handle alcohol well.
  • Usagi from Sailor Moon, being a mid-teenage girl, can't hold liquor she bumps into this trope on two occasions in the classic anime:
    • In the first season - in an episode adapted from the manga where this also happens, the then 14 year old Usagi confuses what appears to be a martini for juice and ends up quiet merry and somewhat sleepy. This is when she gets her first kiss courtesy Tuxedo Mask.
    • In Sailor Moon S the recently turned 15 Usagi goes to grab a juice to calm her nerves at a party where she's expected to speak English (her worst subject) and Hilarity Ensues when she accidentally picks up a cocktail instead. She bursts into a conversation about the theory of relativity and starts wittering on about how to make pudding and other random observations - the party guests actually think she's trying to make a scientific analogy and think she's coming at the topic from a intriguing point of view.
  • Both Lucy and Saya from Servant × Service has low tolerance of alcohol. Strange, their relationships with a male member of the cast were both cemented in such circumstances, with Yutaka and Jyoji doing Bridal Carries on them, respectively.
  • Suzu from Seitokai Yakuindomo starts getting tipsy just from the smell of Dejima drinking beer. Justified due to how small she is.
  • In Sgt. Frog, Corporal Giroro passes out from just a few drops of alcohol.
  • Marron in Sorcerer Hunters in both the manga and OAV incarnations; in the former he passes out after one drink but in the latter the results are more epic.
  • Hikari of Special A is discovered to have absolutely no tolerance, becoming a manic Cloud Cuckoo Lander if she has so much as a sip of alcohol. While she's a minor and thus it's somewhat realistic that she has low tolerance, she's another case of it being played up for comedy's sake.
  • SPY×FAMILY: Yor Briar gets drunk extremely easily- a single glass of wine is all it takes to turn her into a total lush. It apparently runs in her family, since her brother Yuri gets drunk just as quickly. Not a great situation given that Yor is a ridiculously strong assassin and being drunk tends to cause her to forget her self-control, thus actually making her far stronger than while sober. And she's a firm believer in Liquid Courage.
  • Coo the Kappa from Summer Days with Coo gets drunk very easily if you pour alcohol onto the plate on his head.
  • Tamagotchi Honto no Hanashi has the Tamagotchi Planet, which itself is a living Tamagotchi. It's roughly the same size as Earth, but one sip of of a regular-sized bottle of sake is enough to get it drunk to the point of its landmasses moving. It's bad enough that the Tamagotchi to flee the planet.
  • In the Tenchi Muyo! manga, Sasami discovers some of Katsuhito's sake by mistake, drinks one cup and promptly passes out. Granted, she's a kid, but still.
    • In the first episode of Tenchi in Tokyo, Ryoko suffers from a bad hangover after trying Washu's homebrewed sake the previous night, which was very strong.
  • Tokyo Ghoul has several characters that cannot hold their liquor.
    • Akira and Takizawa both turn out to be light weights and get easily plastered. Amon ends up caught in the middle of their drunken bickering, much to his growing horror.
    • Shinohara mentions wanting to have a drink with his partner, Juuzou. (Amon recalls that he's an infamous light-weight that once beat up twenty of his coworkers when he got drunk.)
    • An omake suggests that a single sip causes Yomo to ramble uncontrollably and then pass out.
  • Zebra of Toriko is one of the biggest badasses alive in a World of Badass, but he can't handle alcohol. His favorite beverage is cola (then again, cola in the world of Toriko can be really, really good).
  • Fai D Fluorite from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- is shown to be both this and Never Gets Drunk in different worlds.
  • Hana Uzaki of Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! goes out drinking with Sakurai to celebrate her 20th birthday note  and they quickly discover she's a lightweight who doesn't know her limits. Sakurai ends up carrying her back to his apartment, where she throws up on his futon and discovers what a hangover is the next morning.
  • The Vision of Escaflowne: In the anime, Hitomi is at a dinner party, but she isn't used to the liquor on Gaea (or indeed, alcohol in general, given her age), so she proceeds to get very drunk on the pink wine or spirit that was given to her.
    Hitomi: [inner thoughts upon hearing about Millerna's engagement] Allen is availaaaaable... HIC!
  • Kinoshita from Yakitate!! Japan apparently can't hold his liquor; he gets Unsuspectingly Soused from a single slice of Kawachi's sake bread, and Mr. Matsuhiro remarks "This guy could get drunk just from the smell of alcohol!"
  • Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Alpha has almost no tolerance for alcohol, and is well aware of it, although she does occasionally imbibe. In ch. 5, one cup of sake seems to loosen her up enough to do a dance that leaves the people at the neighborhood association meeting entranced...and then a second cup causes her to pass out. In ch. 52, a single shot of Kahloa, even mixed with milk, is enough to knock her out so deeply that she has one of her flying dreams... and wakes up laying on the ground outside a friend's gas station a few kilometers away.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: Obelix gets drunk pretty fast, since he usually only drinks goats' milk. And a guy with Super-Strength shouldn't do that, especially since he tends to be a moody, violent drunk.
  • Goodbye, Battle Princess Peony: During the ball, Nightsky tells Peony about the time a single drink took out Silkrose for an entire night.
    Nightsky: Moonshine! I need towels!
  • Great Lakes Avengers: In Deadpool/GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular, all the superheroes in the Marvel Universe have been inebriated by a Dionysus powered Inebriation Wave; Mr. Immortal, however, is the only person to succumb to alcohol poisoning. Needless to say, he got better.
  • Spider-Man:
    • There was once a very quiet, long-running joke about how Spider-Man's alcohol tolerance is probably the lowest of any major superhero in the Marvel Universe, after an issue where someone spiked the punch at a party and he had to fight Hobgoblin while drunk.
    • His clones don't fare much better. Kaine managed to pass out after a grand total of THREE beers.
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Ultra Magnus passes out and actually has to have his fuel pump rebuilt after Whirl slips him some Weapons-Grade Nucleon. This becomes much less surprising after it's revealed that Ultra Magnus is actually a much smaller Cybertronian named Minimus Ambus who's wearing a suit of Power Armor to make everyone think he's the much larger Magnus. Nucleon is scary stuff and Minimus drank a serving intended for a much larger individual. On top of that, Magnus is The Teetotaler; when Brainstorm activates a mild poison he'd slipped into the drinks at Swerve's, only Rung and Magnus are unaffected — meaning that he hasn't really built up a familiarity with the stuff either.
  • Violine: Violine takes a swig of whiskey to prove that it is not poison, and gets immediately drunk. Justified, as she is only ten.
  • X-Men: In an X-Men comic book detailing the origin of movie Rogue, she gets drunk just by touching a drunk trucker.

    Comic Strips 
  • Jimmy from the Filipino newspaper and webcomic Beerkada is so bad at holding anything even remotely resembling liquor that he gets tipsy from shandy.
  • Brian from Knights of the Dinner Table. He is the reason why the Knights no longer allow alcohol at the gaming table. Any time this rule is relaxed, his behaviour quickly reminds them why it was instigated in the first place.

    Fan Works 
  • Jonathan Crane (a.k.a. Scarecrow) in Lauralot's fic Act Like We Are Fools. He gets falling-down, spill-all-your-secrets drunk after one glass of whiskey. Mostly because of an adverse interaction between his antipsychotics and the alcohol, but still.
  • Yusei goes from stoic and smart to giggly and oblivious because of this in the fanfic The Alcoholic Adventures of Team Satisfaction. The author believes Yusei to be a secret case of this:
    Author: [discussing the characters' drunk behaviour] As for Yusei... COME ON. HE ORDERED A GLASS OF MILK IN A BAR. HE MUST HAVE THE WORST ALCOHOL TOLERANCE EVER. Also, he doesn't seem the type to drink 'n D-wheel. Doesn't fit a YGO protagonist.
  • Anyone: Shoto gets completely drunk and falls asleep clutching a milk box after a single shot of wiskey.
  • Bait and Switch: Offscreen, Lieutenant K'lak, a Klingon sniper in the USS Bajor's security department, gets into a Drinking Contest with one of his opposite numbers from a Klingon ship. Both of them passed out after four shots of Romulan ale, and this from a species that drinks bloodwine, a liquor with twice the potency of whiskey, by the tankard. (In fairness, pretty much everyone who isn't a Romulan has trouble with Romulan ale.)
  • The Child of Love: One beer can is all is needed to get Shinji drunk:
    Shinji: Yeah... sort of... before you arrived, Misato used to tease me by switching the drinks around in the fridge... [blushing heavily] 'n I once got drunk from only one can of Yebichu because of that...
  • In the Thomas & Friends fanfic Crushed Spirit, David gets drunk after drinking one mouthful of alcohol-infused water from a water tower. Justified, since it's extremely potent alcohol-infused water, and David has been teetotal up until that moment.
  • Emily Fallen Angel AU (Doraiwa-san): Husk serves Emily a single drink without realising she wasn't expecting alcohol to be in it, and it's enough to quickly make Emily woozy to the point where Vaggie needs to hold her up.
  • Strangely the case with Hefty Smurf in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf series. The drink in this case is sarsaparilla ale, and one glass of it causes him to stumble to the floor.
  • In Equestria: Across the Multiverse, Empathy Worlders have zero alcohol tolerance due to intoxicating beverages having next to no presence in their world. Kimono accidentally drinks a mug of saltwater and just the one gets her passing out drunk. This results in giving intoxicating beverages to them being considered improper.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path: The support "Girl's Night Out" reveals Byleth is an extreme lightweight, going loopy after just one sip of alcohol.
  • In Frozen Fractals, a few cups of liquor just makes Elsa a bit sleepy, but it makes her sister Anna both drunk and hyperactive.
  • Frozen Wight: Fritz starts an Elsanna rumor when he gets drunk.
  • Guys Being Dudes: After only 2 beers at the Go Fest 2020 afterparty, Arlo ends up sitting in Spark's lap and attempting to bribe the Team Instinct leader into giving him a piggyback ride. Candela points out that it's either this or that he wasn't actually that drunk and was just using it as an excuse to get to someone he liked, with the former being unlikely, as evidence for the fact that Arlo had been attracted to Spark for a while and just used getting back at her as an excuse to get close to him.
  • Heroes of the New World; while celebrating his birthday with the Whitebeard Pirates, Izuku is gifted a bottle of rum from Marshall D. Teach's personal stash. Not wanting to be rude and wanting to better settle in with his new pirate life, Izuku takes a small sip and immediately falls to the ground foaming at the mouth. Teach, for his part, finds the whole thing hilarious.
  • HERZ: Shinji has absolutely no alcohol tolerance. It is because he has no endurance that he does not drink, since getting drunk has gotten him in trouble more than once.
  • The Legend of Zelda fanfic Wisdom and Courage has Zelda getting flat-out plastered after taking only a few sips of Hylian Ale, which she drinks to dull the pain of losing Impa.
  • In Link: Mage of Fairy Tail, Link is this fullstop. A single drink can get him so plastered, he mistakes the people around him for enemies from Legend of Zelda and starts drunkenly fighting them. He's actually much better at fighting drunk than you would expect.
  • Long Time No See: Rei cannot handle alcohol at all. Asuka learned this fact back in the day when she gave Rei one drink, and her stoic teammate started singing after one sip.
    Shinji: "I've long given up checking on Misato's drinking in any way. As for Rei, I'd guess she had no more than one and a half."
    Asuka: "Still can't hold her liquor, I see."
    Shinji: "Nope."
    Asuka: "Why is she even drinking then? Don't tell me Misato is still pulling of the 'I'm your superior'-trick on her."
    Shinji: "Sometimes, yes. But fortunately not as often as those times you three had your 'parties' after she moved in with us. Which, if I remember correctly, was the time when you gave Rei her first drink."
    Asuka: "God, I just wanted her to loosen up a little. How should I've known she would be singing on the table after taking just one sip? Besides, we did have some good times then, didn't we?"
  • In the Lore Olympus fanfiction Lore Khepri, Khepri is a lightweight drinker. After a single glass of wine at a late-night party, she is drunk the following morning.
  • Most of the cast of The Mad Scientist Wars is capable of slugging back drinks probably capable of killing a normal man — with one noticeable exception. Commander Primary Xerox is, surprisingly, capable of getting hammered on a half a cup of banana daiquiri. This is explained in-game however, as he has been stated to have a mild healing factor powered by an insanely high metabolism — so the alcohol is absorbed into his system faster then it should be. At least he won't get alcohol poisoning...
  • In Mare Genius, Fluttershy gets completely wasted and ends up singing The Hedgehog Song after just sniffing the jug that Applejack had brought to the wedding reception. The jug contained a Gargle Blaster, but still...
  • In The New Adventures of Invader Zim, this is apparently the case with Tallest Purple, as he at one point gets deliriously drunk after a mere two-and-a-half drinks. By contrast, Tallest Red (who has been drinking just as long at that point) is still totally sober.
  • In the Rango fic Old West, Sheriff Rango is a lightweight. It's explained by the fact that he has no experience with alcohol before his life as a pet ended and he started a new life in the Mojave desert's community.
  • In Pack Lex has an unspecified drink and a beer that's mostly water and passes out. In her defense, it's the first time she's had alcohol.
  • In a party at the end of The Coalescence in Poké Wars, Dawn gets completely shitfaced on a very weak alcoholic drink. Justified by her young age.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Anabel turns 16 during the Indigo League, and for her first date with Ash decides to visit a bar to drink like an adult for the first time. She tries a couple of beverages and doesn't find them particularly tasty, and even without finishing them she's left in a daze afterwards.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • Twilight Sparkle gets a bout of Power Incontinence from this; apparently, she brought her library to life, and caused so much chaos that Ponyville had to be convinced Discord hadn't returned. And then she was hungover for two days afterwards.
    • Fluttershy, and by extension Fluttercruel. This annoys Fluttercruel because she honestly wanted to enjoy drinking. Unfortunately, her getting them drunk contributed to Fluttershy's transformation into Nightmare Whisper, since it made her more susceptible to depression and her already unstable mental state.
  • Implied to be the case with Fluttershy in the Reading Rainbowverse. Oddly, though, we never see her drinking... just the results.
  • A Shadow of the Titans: After Jade magically ages herself up, she ends both getting hit by Power Incontinence and being viewed as a threat worthy of being responded to by the Justice League instead of the Titans. This naturally frustrates her. Jinx's way of trying to help is to buy her a drink... and after only a few sips of Belgian Ale, Jade is half-conscious and wailing away on a karaoke machine. Jinx is dumbfounded by how quick it all was, given Jade's appetite.
  • Used as The Stinger gag of Star Wars Downunder. After thirty minutes of battling the forces of the evil Darth Drongo just to get his hands on a nice cold one, Jedi Knight Merve Bushwacker passes out after only one beer.
  • Alcohol is one Cress LaVeda's weakness from Tales of Faith. The moment she even takes a whiff of this, Cress will act like a complete short-tempered drunk. Unless you prepared a bottle of plain water, prepare to be violently attacked by Cress.
  • Thousand Shinji: Shinji has no interest on alcohol, ergo he never drinks and if he does he gets hammered and passes out right away. Rei realized it when she tried to get him and Asuka drunk and he got knocked out instantly.
  • In The Vinyl and Octavia Series, Octavia gets much more intoxicated than Vinyl when she drinks, and the effects are much more obvious. To be fair, when she does get drunk it's the result of her drinking a lot of alcohol in a short time.
    Octavia merely stood on the same spot, and stared off into the distance. "I just vomited a lot of stuff, Vinyl..." she said weakly.
  • Lilly, in The Walking Dead: The Game fanfiction What a Difference. She has one drink in her bedroom at the motel while Lee and Kenny are in Macon, and Carley is the one who has to deal with her. Lilly then decides to tell Carley drunkenly that she was raped ("had sex") by Danny St. John, which she was. Also, she tells Carley that her middle name is Maleen.
  • Walking in the Shadow of Dreams: Asuka has absolutely no endurance. Sometimes she wonders why a German woman has gone through college twice is such a light-weight.

    Films — Animation 
  • Roger Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit literally becomes a steam whistle after a single shot of bourbon. The reaction is demonstrated early on in the movie, and then exploited by Eddie to create a distraction so that he and Roger can escape from the villains.
  • Portly and the chimney sweep from The Willows in Winter (1996) both get hammered off small amounts of alcohol. Toad is an aversion since he drinks a whole bottle and is only a bit tipsy by the end.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ajnabee: Raj dislikes drinking alcohol due to how easily he gets drunk.
  • In Back to the Future Part III, it turns out that Doc Brown really can't hold his liquor — he passes out after drinking a single shot of whiskey; the bartender then quotes the trope name verbatim. And before passing out from drinking said glass of whiskey, he manages to get plastered just by holding it under his nose. Ironically in the script, he actually can hold his liquor, and then passed out as Marty comes to get him.
  • Kim Basinger's character in Blind Date had an allergy to alcohol that made her as drunk as if she'd had two six-packs in mere minutes. She ate two chocolates that had alcohol injected and was literally swinging off the chandelier.
  • Lampshaded in The Brothers Grimm: A clearly inebriated Jacob inadvertently begins spouting the secret of their scams, to which Will quickly shuts him up with this excuse, to the joy of the equally plastered crowd.
    Will: He can't hold his ale!
    Jacob: I can't hold me ale!
    [crowd cheers; party continues]
  • Michael from the Danish film Festen (The Celebration).
  • Dick (Jim Carrey) in the 2000s remake of Fun with Dick and Jane. "He only had half a beer!"
  • The Hidden: Detective Tom Beck offers his temporary FBI partner Lloyd Gallagher a beer after he invites him for dinner with his wife. Gallagher, who unknown to his partner is actually an alien cop residing in a human host, apparently can't stand the taste and has a hangover from just a few sips.
  • It's justified in Mädchen in Uniform as Manuela is only fourteen years old. This trope is Played for Drama because she confesses something she shouldn't while drunk on punch after a School Play.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Double Subverted in Thor. Erik Selvig can definitely hold his liquor, but when a mortal gets into a drinking contest with the Viking God of Boisterous Bruisers... yeah, he loses.
      Thor: We drank! We fought! He made his ancestors proud!
    • Again in Avengers: Age of Ultron: While having a party at Avengers Tower, Thor and Captain America are drinking with several World War II veterans. Thor and Cap are taking shots of Asgardian mead he says is "not meant for mortal men."note  One of the vets boldly retorts that neither was Omaha Beachnote  and insists on joining in. One cut (and one shot) later we see him being carted off blitzed out of his mind, with another of his buddies catatonic in the background.
      Veteran: Ex-cel-sior!
    • Guardians of the Galaxy has Rocket suffering from this trope. He lays his emotional trauma (namely from getting vivisected and reconstructed over and over again) bare for all to see while threatening to blast everybody in the face with his gun for laughing at him. Justified seeing as he's a smaller life form, so alcohol would affect him faster and harder.
  • Jeff from Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith is completely unaffected by one drink, but immediately crosses into Can't Hold His Liquor territory after two.
  • Steve Rogers (no relation) in Petticoat Planet. A single shot of redeye is enough to get him passing-out drunk, and leads to a What Did I Do Last Night? situation.
  • Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) in The Philadelphia Story who get passing-out drunk on a few glasses of champagne.
  • A single sip of Scotch puts Woody Allen's character in Play It Again, Sam in a cartoonish flailing fit and a dead faint — still, he tries to impress a date that he's a suave drinker, casually telling her "I've gotta cut down, I'm up to a quart a day."
  • Stroker Ace: Pembrook is a Sunday school teacher and has sworn off most vices, including drinking. It seems like this is going to be subverted since it takes Stroker some time and coaxing to get her drunk, and then it's played straight when, after she's sufficiently drunk to agree to sleep with Stroker, she passes out in the bed about a second before Stroker can follow her back inside the hotel room.
  • Straight whiskey gets Theodora really wild in Theodora Goes Wild.
  • Often a gag on various The Three Stooges shorts, where a sip or a swig of most alcohol may, for example, cause a Stooge to have steam fire out of his ears, or in an old Curly film (the one where he tries also eat oyster soup with disastrous results) when a single swig causes him to spin around on his bar stool.

  • In Animal Farm, Squealer and Napoleon (the pigs running the farm) end up demonstrating exactly why animals should never drink alcohol, period, even when it isn't in excess, when they end up completely plastered from what is presumably their first drink of whiskey. A horrendous hangover ensues: the other animals are told that Napoleon is dying and has issued a decree that alcohol consumption is to be punished by death. Truth in Television is a play here as pigs have very little tolerance for liquor and, despite their size, can become very drunk on relatively small amounts of grain alcohol.
  • Captive Prince: Double Subverted when Laurent, a teetotaler, has to drink with a new political ally. To Damen's shock, Laurent holds his own in the Drinking Contest... but once they're alone, admits that he's too smashed to stand up on his own; he's just very good at faking sobriety.
  • At the start of Cat Planet Cuties, Kio takes one sip of beer and passes out. He notes what a lightweight he is on his way down. Though it's implied by Eris and Manami that he actually stayed awake, drank more, and got frisky, he just doesn't remember anything that happened after that first sip.
  • Fitz, from the Eighth Doctor Adventures, Depending on the Writer. He usually seems to have an above-average tolerance for alcohol: he once drank a whole bottle of wine and remained capable of walking, talking, and assisting in the Doctor's Indy Ploy. However, in Camera Obscura, Sabbath gives Fitz and Anji brandy, and Fitz falls asleep/passes out after one glass. Maybe he was just tired, poor dear. (Anji sips it slowly and suffers no appreciable effects.) But in the one Big Finish Doctor Who story Fitz is in, he seems to have more of a tolerance than Anji, and mistakenly gives her a Gargle Blaster that knocks her out for twenty-four hours (the Doctor scolds him, because he should have known that you're supposed to only put a single drop on a sugar cube), but goes around drinking it from a hip flask himself.
  • Turns out to be a plot point in The Finder's Stone Trilogy. Alias is drunk after just two beers because she is an artificial being that's only a few months old.
  • The George and Azazel story "The Evil Drink Does" is about a woman who is too self-restrained, and who can never relax because even one drink makes her really sick. Well, George calls for the Azazel, and they remake her metabolism. The problem is, she acquires such a taste that the new metabolism makes her really fat due to overconsumption.
  • In The Girl from the Miracles District, despite having a Healing Factor, Robin manages to get himself smashing drunk on an hour-long flight - and not even throughout the entire flight, he's already singing shortly after they reach the cruise altitude.
  • In Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi, Lan Wangji comes from a long line of teetotalers, and one drink is enough to make all his inhibitions and memories of the experience disappear.
  • House-elves in Harry Potter can get blind stinking drunk from butterbeer, a mild malt beverage whose alcohol content is so low that its sale to (human) minors is not restricted. Justified due to the fact that a house-elf is roughly half the size of an adolescent human, along with a possible dose of Bizarre Alien Biology.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Mikuru already gets drunk after one glass of alcohol. She actually got intoxicated with tequila by Haruhi and Tsuruya for the SOS Brigade's movie (and Kyon didn't like it at all). Yuki can gulp down barrels without being affected at all (probably because she's an Artificial Human). Haruhi herself is a helpless drunkard, gulping down one bottle of wine after another. Even Kyon, who snarked about it before, eventually gets totally boozy in the the short story "Remote Island Syndrome (although we're not told how much he can handle, he says it's a lot, or how he acted, although it's mentioned he did have trouble walking)." The anime adaptation actually plays it up, since rather than getting drunk off tequila Mikuru gets drunk off amazake which has a much lower alcohol content, to the point where it doesn't even bother the censors since it's illegal to show minors consuming alcohol on Japanese TV (which also explains the changes in the anime's version of "Remote Island Syndrome").
  • Despite being a Valkyrie, Rossweisse from High School D×D really can't handle her drink. One cup of sake has her slurring out an angry rant, a second gets her helplessly snockered, and the next day she's still sporting a brutal, dexterity-killing, nauseating hangover.
  • Honor Harrington: In Crown of Slaves, Virginia Usher freely admits that she "can't handle liquor at all". Four undescribed cocktails leave her pretty much unable to do anything but deliberately barf all over some Solarian diplomats.
  • In The Hunger Games, Katniss gets dizzy from just drinking half a glass of wine. Later, she mentions that even the smell makes her sick. Then in Catching Fire she gets messed up after a few gulps of white liquor, did not hold most of it, and had a serious hangover the next day.
  • In The Iron Teeth Blacknail the goblin gets roaring drunk after a single mug of beer. He then passes out and wakes up with a hideous hangover. This can be somewhat explained by his small body mass.
  • In the Kharkanas Trilogy, Galar Baras can't stomach alcohol, although he never explains what exactly it does to him.
  • Inverted in The Legend of Sun Knight. Everyone knows that the Sun Knight is a man who will turn red after the first cup, get a headache after the second, and fall unconscious after the third. In order to act this out, all Sun Knights have been trained to never get drunk.
  • Reign of the Seven Spellblades: During a weekend trip to the town of Galatea, Guy orders a pitcher of hard cider with their lunches by mistake. One mug of it gets Nanao drunk enough to glomp her Love Interest Oliver in only minutes.
  • In Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Simon gets drunk very easily.
  • In the Spaceforce (2012) series, the Taysans en masse react so badly to alcohol that even drinking slightly fermented fruit juice can turn them violently aggressive or sexually disinhibited. Apparently brewing and selling this illegal substance is one of the few instances of widespread criminal behaviour amongst the Taysan people.
  • Subverted in Stranger in a Strange Land. Michael, having never had alcohol, is very susceptible to it; but having complete control of his body chemistry, he can also sober himself up at will.
  • In the Sweet Valley High book A Night to Remember, Elizabeth and Sam get wasted by sharing one cup of spiked punch.
  • In The Sword-Edged Blonde, Andrew Reese was the violent, non-comedic version of this — a "good man" when sober, but a violent would-be rapist as soon as he got hold of liquor. It's the root cause of all his troubles, and therefore, of the whole book.
  • Tailchaser's Song:
    • It's implied that Hangbelly can't handle catmint well.
    • The first time Tailchaser comes across catmint, he sniffs too much and passes out.
  • Played with in The Three Musketeers. D'Artagnan and Athos sit for a drinking bout after about half the book. Athos tells D'Artagnan his family history, and D'Artagnan pretends to pass out to not have to listen to any more. Athos comments that "Young people today can't hold their liquor. Even that one, who is one of the best." His judgment might be just a bit skewed due to drinking around 150 bottles over two weeks.
  • Trapped on Draconica: There's a reason Daniar tells Erowin not to drink. Just one can make her drunk enough to jump on stage and dance. Justified as she's a young teenager.
  • Unnamed Memory: Oscar learns very quickly not to let Tinasha consume alcohol, to her wholehearted agreement: not only is she a lightweight, she tends to lose control of her magic when she gets drunk, which is potentially very dangerous.
  • Villains by Necessity: Sam almost never drinks since it could potentially interfere with his job, and he needs to keep his instincts and reflexes honed. As a result, when he does drink he goes down fast, though Arcie just attributes this to Six Landers' innate "fragility".
  • Whateley Universe: Typically, a Regenerator either Never Gets Drunk, because the alcohol gets burned out of their system too fast, or else get fully drunk in moments as the effects are accelerated and intensified. For example, Murphy passed out after half an ordinary beer, and woke with a killer hangover that lasted about 20 minutes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1000 Ways to Die: A very dark example. One of the victims was an Amish kid on his Rumspringa, who was invited to a Halloween party by a bunch of hot girls, and ended up getting drunk. Problem was, he had a rare condition which prevented him from digesting alcohol, and was poisoned. He was one of those rare deaths from something that really wasn't his fault.
  • Played with in the Angel episode "Life of the Party" where Fred and Wesley are (unbeknownst to them) affected by a magical spell that makes them drunk.
    Fred: I am totally drunkfaced!
    Wesley: You just can't hold your... what are you drinking?
    Fred: Nothing.
    Wesley: You can't hold that!
    Fred: Oh yeah? Lightweight! How much have you had?
    Wesley: Including this... about a third of a half of this beer.
  • Babylon 5:
    • Vir is different from most other Centauri in the fact that he doesn't handle liquor well. In one episode he takes a sip of Londo's drink and promptly collapses. He later builds up his tolerance, drowning his sorrows after he killed Emperor Cartagia in "The Long Night."
    • The entire Minbari race. Give them only a little, and they turn into violent psychotics. Naturally, teetotalling is part of their culture. Explained via Bizarre Alien Biology — despite being relatively Human Aliens, their bodies don't process alcohol the way ours do.
    • Late in the series, Londo discovers that drinking enough will knock out the Drakh Keeper attached to him, giving him brief periods of drunk-but-functional freedom thanks to his history of drinking giving him a high alcohol tolerance while the Keeper is unconscious.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon has gotten drunk twice in the entire series and both times he severely embarrassed himself. Also applies to coffee and Valium.
    Sheldon: [waking up after his award speech where he drank some wine] Where are my pants?
    Leonard: You might want to check YouTube.
    • His girlfriend (and eventual wife) Amy is no better. At her bachelorette party, she passed out twelve minutes after her first drink.
  • An entire episode of Blackadder II centers around the title character's inability to tolerate strong drink. It takes him all of forty-two seconds to get roaring drunk after downing a flagon of ale.
    • And Blackadder isn't alone there. Queenie declares she has the stomach of a concrete elephant, and takes one drink. Cut to the next morning, and she's plastered along with everyone else, having completely forgotten what she'd been meaning to do (kill everyone for pissing her off).
    • During the end credits for the episode the Balladeer mocks Blackadder for not being able to hold his beer but by the end of the song he's also "well and truly plastered" and badly slurring his words.
  • Richie from Bottom only needs a single sip of liquor to get drunk... or at least to think that he's drunk, which amounts to the same thing. It's more likely that it's all in his head — on one occasion, he takes a quick shot to settle his nerves, and only after it does the trick does he find out that it's a soft drink.
  • Chappelle's Show had an unaired "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" segment without an accompanying skit that featured Charlie recounting the exploits of "Darryl" (commonly believed to be Clint Smith), a childhood friend of Eddie's and member of his entourage who had a bit of a Napoleon complex while sober, but became about fifty times worse with alcohol and was an incredibly abusive, mean, and violent drunk. Charlie recounted the time that "Darryl" stumbled into La Famiglia in LA while the rest of the entourage was eating there, proceeded to drunkenly insult and threaten everyone there (and said some unspeakably vile things to Arthel Neville, who was also there with them), then somehow made his way over to Eddie's house later that night. After he physically attacked Charlie, he proceeded to get the living shit beaten out of him three separate times by various people over the course of the night after Charlie first knocked him out, and was so trashed that he didn't even know how badly he had been beaten and kept shouting "I WANT MORE!" after he managed to pick himself up after a beating.
  • On Chuck, Emmett (Chuck's season 2 Sit Com Archnemesis) is boring enough that he gets absurdly hung-over after a drunken poker game relative to the amount he actually drinks.
    Emmett: I should never have gone for that second Fuzzy Navel. That wine cooler had 4% alcohol.
  • Doctor in the House and its sequel series feature two examples.
    • Lawrence Bingham, who appears in Doctor at Large and Doctor in Charge, is teetotal, generally sticking to tomato juice when at the hospital bar. In several episodes, the other doctors spike his drinks or secretly order him a Bloody Mary instead, and it only takes one or two to get him fall-down drunk.
    • James Gascoigne in Doctor on the Go only ever drinks the odd half pint; any more than that and he is too drunk to function. So when he drinks half a pint of whiskey in "For Your Own Good" after a fight with his father, he signs the elder Gascoigne up for every painful medical test he can think of in a drunken haze.
  • Firefly: Wash. it’s not stated onscreen but is one of his weaknesses in the soft canon tabletop role-playing game.
  • Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is known to get drunk off of a single scoop of rum raisin ice cream.
  • Game of Thrones: Tywin advises Arya to not serve Gregor wine. It makes him worse.
  • Guardian: The Lonely and Great God: After a few drinks Kim Shin staggers around, holding onto lampposts and speaking indistinctly.
  • Subverted in an episode of Hogan's Heroes. Schultz and Newkirk go into a bar (the bartender is an underground agent Newkirk must make contact with). Newkirk orders a beer for Schultz and a bottle of schnapps for himself. Schultz gets totally drunk because Newkirk kept dumping shots of schnapps into the beer.
  • In The Honeymooners, Alice claimed that Ralph once got a three-day hangover from a slice of rum cake. (That's nearly impossible, because prepared rum cake has virtually no alcohol in it. The amount of rum that is used to make it is small, and most of that evaporates when it is baked.) Regardless, when Ralph wanted to drink a bottle of wine simply to prove that he could, Alice poured it down the drain when he wasn't looking and replaced it with grape juice; Ralph and Norton still got drunk from drinking it. (The fact that it happened to Norton was no surprise either, seeing as Trixie claimed that he "got tipsy just by reading the labels".)
  • Leverage: Redemption: In "The Too Many Rembrandts Job", Eliot cuts Hardison off from the alcohol, pointing out that he's a lightweight. Sure enough, a few scenes later Hardison has a hangover.
  • Lucy Ricardo on I Love Lucy actually got completely plastered twice from two products that were only sort of alcoholic: Vitameatavegamin, some sort of vitamin/nutritional supplement that technically had alcohol in the same way that Ny-Quil does note , and once from water that had apparently been spiked. In the first case one reason this happened is because they had to keep reshooting the scene.
  • In M*A*S*H, Frank Burns can't hold his liquor and readily admits it. Also, beer goes through him rather fast (a trait that Hawkeye and Trapper cleverly took advantage of in one episode to get a urine sample from him.)
    • Radar as well. Justified seeing he's often too timid to drink, so he wouldn't have much of a tolerance. In one episode, he attempted to drown his sorrows upon facing a court martial for a crime he never committed, and ended up getting sloshed. Klinger asked him how many drinks he had. He was barely on his second one.
  • The title character of Monk got drunk from a few sips of wine.
  • Both Corky and Miles in Murphy Brown can't seem to take more than one drink before they're out.
  • My Name Is Earl: Randy is perfectly competent after four beers — but after number five...
  • On NCIS, Team Gibbs uses Jimmy Palmer's Stag Party as part of a sting. All the drinks are watered down, but Palmer still gets hammered.
  • Tom Haverford, the resident Casanova Wannabe of Parks and Recreation. As Detlef Schrempf put it (watching Tom making a complete ass of himself at a bar):
    Detlef Schrempf: He had two beers. Light beers.
  • Max gets incredibly drunk from a small sip of whiskey in an episode of Roswell; it's explained that he has less tolerance due to being an alien.
  • Sam Ballard of Rumpole of the Bailey is fall-on-the-floor drunk after a mere five small glasses of sherry—perhaps enough to make most people a bit tipsy, but not much else. In the event, Ballard is so drunk he only thought he had three or four. Claude Erskine-Brown kindly informs him of the truth. In a later episode, he is seen laughing hysterically and falling down next to a wall. While we don't hear how much he had to drink, it is very clearly implied that it wasn't all that much.
  • Done once on Scrubs. J.D., Turk, and Elliot are out drinking. Elliot proclaims "I have magic breasts," and passes out at the bar.
    J.D.: How many has she had?
    Turk: [picks up Elliot's beer bottle] Almost one.
  • The "stag party" montage in Sherlock has Sherlock and John bar hopping, with Sherlock insisting on using large graduated cylinders for a precise volume of beer. The sequence makes it look like Sherlock knows exactly how much liquor both of them can take. What he didn't realise is that John was adding shots to the beer, ruining his calculations. Then they get absolutely wasted and go to Sherlock's place to sleep it off. Mrs. Hudson comes up and reveals that they've only been out for 2 hours. It's pretty lame.
  • The trope shows up twice in Star Trek: Voyager:
    • In "Timeless", Seven of Nine gets drunk on synthehol after drinking just one glass. As explained in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the point of synthehol is it's a synthetic alcohol substitute meant to mimic the flavor of alcohol without getting you drunk, and it gives you the pleasant side of being intoxicated (buzz, relaxation, "light" feeling) without the negative sides (hangovers, lowered inhibitions, toxicity) - according to some sources imbibers can supposedly dismiss the effects at will - with synthehol you can apparently "think yourself sober" - this would explain its availabilty on starships, no matter how wasted you get, if an emergency happens you can sober up instantly just by thinking about it. When Seven returns in Star Trek: Picard, one sign of her Took a Level in Badass is that she can drink bourbon straight.
    • In "Body And Soul", an alien ambassador gets utterly hammered aboard the ship because his species' liver cannot process alcohol/synthehol. The plot revolved around keeping him from embarrassing himself too badly while an antidote is developed.
  • On an episode of Supernatural, Sam, Dean and fellow hunter Garth sample the product of a local brewery and Garth starts to feel the effects before finishing his first beer. Granted, slender Garth probably weighs less than 130 pounds.
  • Done for laughs on Ugly Betty when Henry gets full-out drunk on half a wine cooler.
  • In one episode of Unhappily Ever After, Tiffany eats one rum ball, gets black-out drunk and has to spend the rest of the episode figuring out what she did under the influence.
  • Josh on The West Wing, who can barely handle two drinks with his "very sensitive system," according to his assistant Donna. She finds him passed out in his office one morning after a bachelor party, and there was apparently also an incident where he showed up at her apartment and yelled at her roommate's cats.
  • Bunk Moreland on The Wire. His best friend, the Irish American Jimmy McNulty, is definitely less of a lightweight.
  • Rick on The Young Ones, once passed out at a party after half a glass of cider, and staggered home so wasted that he apparently put himself to bed without realizing an escaped murderer had broken into the house and was asleep in his bed. He wakes up with no memory of the party's events, realizes the killer (who is female) is there, and leaps to all the wrong conclusions.

  • There have been Rooster Teeth Podcasts talking about the exploits of the others and these kinds of incidents. Incidents including Lindsay Jones locking out Michael Jones and Gavin Free while she slept in their hotel room, Gavin drunkenly hitting on Monty Oum, Gus Sorola losing to Michael in an arm wrestling and declaring "I HAVE NO DICK!" and Matt Hullum paying for everyone's dinner and ending up broke for it.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • B-boy apparently got drunk on half a corona glass in between Pro Wrestling Guerilla shows.
  • London and Kendrick's "broke into" the Acolyte Protection Agency's office on WWE Velocity to celebrate a victory, leaving the APA upset that someone was drinking their beer. Their anger soon became amusement though when it became clear the two had no tolerance for alcohol whatsoever. So much so the two were invited to their bar room brawl at a Smackdown pay per view. Incidentally, Paul London is a teetotaler in reality.
  • When Kevin Nash was running TNA Impact, he only allowed Tara and ODB, who were feuding at the time over Tara being a "diva", their hardcore grudge match to take place if they each drank a six pack of beer first. ODB seemed unaffected (ODB was frequently seen with a flask before her matches) but Tara, who didn't even know what liquor was, was at an insurmountable disadvantage.
  • During Jake Roberts' "born-again Christian" gimmick and subsequent feud with Jerry Lawler over Roberts' battle with alcoholism, Roberts once staggered to the ring, bottle in hand and appeared to be highly intoxicated. Gorilla Monsoon — not knowing what was going on (or perhaps he did) — came out to get Roberts and usher him back to the dressing room, but Roberts eventually managed to climb into the ring, where Lawler was insulting Roberts and calling him a drunk. This was, of course, averted, as the perfectly-sober Roberts eventually grabbed Lawler and DDT'ed him, before pouring liquor on the loud-mouthed King's face.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In Les Guignols de l'Info, the puppet for François Bayrou. He can get drunk on non-alcoholic beer (or other harmless, alcoholic-looking beverages found in France). Once, trying just one draught of panaché (shandy) put him in an alcoholic coma. Naturally, sketches often pair him with hard-drinker Jean-Louis Borloo.

  • The Navy Lark's Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, drunk beyond belief on half a Lemonade Shandy.

    Tabletop Games 
  • GURPS has the Alcohol Intolerance Quirk to represent this.

  • In William Shakespeare's Othello, Cassio can't hold his liquor, but Iago pressures him into toasting Othello. Turns out Cassio is a violent drunk and the resulting fights with Roderigo and Montano lead to Othello firing Cassio. Readers will know that this is actually part of Iago's Evil Plan.

  • Tamagotchi: On the Keitai and Akai toys in Japan, the player can give sake to teenage characters. One sip makes them immediately get dizzy and throw up.

    Video Games 
  • Bar Oasis: Even though Kane looks to be the toughest biker in all of England, he becomes a babbling, crying mess as soon as alcohol touches his lips. The Boss tells you that if he should order a Singapore Sling, you should serve him a Shirley Temple instead. Alternatively, switch a Cinderella for a Margarita.
  • BioShock Infinite: Strangely enough considering that Booker more or less crawled inside a bottle and never left after giving up his daughter, Anna, to Comstock, picking up one flask of whiskey gets you blind stinkin' hammered, giving Booker double vision and making him wobble as he walks, and making it much harder to fight if you accidentally grab a bottle during the middle of a shootout, though you do get an achievement if you can. When playing as Elizabeth in Burial at Sea: Episode 2, she will get drunk from a single drink of alcohol, no matter how strong.
  • Ronaldo in Devil Survivor 2 might as well be the king of this trope. He is reduced to stumbling and slurring his speech after being force-fed a single liquor chocolate.
  • You have to wonder why Tiki in Dragon's Crown even tries to drink, seeing as she's a tiny little fairy; even one goblet of wine would likely make her pass out. And it does. Every time you go to see her in the tavern, she's passed out in the half-empty goblet of the wine she tried to drink, drunk. What's worse, it's your drink; and she's not going to give it back. Fairies make for mean drunks it seams.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas the Survival Skill boosts the effects of food, alcohol, and some herbal medicines. What's strange is that it boosts both the positive and negative effects of alcohol, so you will get drunker the better you are at drinking.
  • Kim Kaphwan from Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters, according to side notes and as seen in the Fatal Fury Team ending of The King of Fighters XI — where he apparently got plastered on one mug of beer.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, Patch 5.4 introduces a quest that's added on after completing all of the Level 80 Role Quests (DPS/Caster DPS/Tank/Healer) which has your friends in the first get together for a party. Granson, the hume tank, isn't much of a drinker compared to Giott the dwarf healer, yet he accidentally takes one sip of wine and he goes from standing vertical to flat horizontal like a felled tree while Giott is still pounding down mugs of ale like it's water.
  • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise gives us Xsana, the ruler of the city of Eden. She's a beloved figure among the residents (with even some of the more roughneck and criminal folks looking up to her to an extent), she's kindhearted, she's fair and just, she's polite, buuuuuuuut one drink turns her foul-mouthed and ready to fight before blacking out minutes later, and when she regains consciousness she has no memory of what happened while she was sauced. Basically, "mean drunk" is a hell of an understatement for her; just her asking for another drink shortly after regaining consciousness is enough to alarm both the bartender and the usually composed Kenshiro.
  • Kahlua Marjoram in Galaxy Angel II needs to ingest alcohol to transform into her Sexier Alter Ego Tequila, but given she does so in small bits, seems to have low tolerance for the stuff. Case in point, on her route one single fruit cocktail (that Mimolette mistook for juice) is enough to leave her in a complete daze, which results in her cutting loose on being affectionate towards Kazuya and stealing his first kiss.
  • An Avatar of Boris in Kingdom of Loathing cannot drink past five Drunkenness, while the starting limit for regular character is fifteen. Boris's alcohol tolerance was very low.
    • When you fight him at the end of the Avatar of Jarlsberg path, it's revealed the reason for Boris's low alcohol capacity is not because he can't hold his liquor, but because he has to limit his intake so that he can keep his physical form at its peak.
    • The Zombie Slayer path, in which you're a zombie, has the same limit. Alcohol does weird things to a zombie.
    • The Avatar of Jarlsberg, meanwhile, has a limit of ten in both Drunkeness and Fullness, due to his intensely fastidious eating habits; however, he can learn skills that raise both to the normal line.
    • In the Actually Ed the Undying path, Ed starts off unable to eat or drink at all, what with being a mummy without any organs and all. He can buy replacements, though. The Replacement Liver comes from a church-going little old lady, and only has a Drunkenness limit of five.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In Mass Effect 2 Jack accuses Shepard of this when s\he passes out after one drink on Omega. This is a subversion, though: Shepard's cybernetic enhancements make him/her far more resistant to alcohol; what knocked him/her out was actual poison from the human-hating batarian bartender, and the cybernetics were the only reason Shepard didn't outright die from it. Jack herself might have been with Shepard in the toilets on the Citadel after drinking three of the strongest legal drinks, then smuggled Batarian ale, then radioactive Krogan liquor.
    • Tali (unsurprisingly) and Javik (much more surprisingly) are shown to be this in Mass Effect 3 and its Citadel DLC. (The latter, even if your party is relatively sedate, includes Tali sitting on the bathroom floor rambling in hilarious non sequiturs.)
  • The title character of McPixel falls into this, as demonstrated in a level where he gets drunk off a drink that is revealed, on close up, to be 1% Alcohol. He gets so blitzed he groin kicks Guy Fawkes and ends up destroying the bombs he has to defuse that level in the process.
  • Mae from Night in the Woods, by her own admission, gets "woozy on cough syrup." At a party in the woods shortly after she returns to Possum Springs, Mae gets completely wasted on three cups of watered-down beer, complete with slurring speech. The dialogue choices during her drunken stupor are all presented as crisp and eloquent, but what she actually says is slurred and wobbly.
  • Octopath Traveler II:
    • A travel banter between Ochette and Partitio has Ochette getting completely sloshed from two sips of alcohol.
    • One tavern banter has Osvald getting drunk enough to mistake Castti and Agnea for his wife and daughter, respectively. Another one has him pass out after a single sip of alcohol, much to Partitio's surprise.
  • In Red Dead Redemption 2, an early mission ("A Quiet Time") involves Arthur Morgan and Lenny Summers heading to the local bar to relax; unfortunately, the two are ridiculous lightweights and quickly end up getting wasted, and Hilarity Ensues. Suddenly, however, this becomes Harsher in Hindsight when, according to Austin Hourigan of Game Theory in his review of the game, "alcohol can weaken your immune system and cause dehydration". And if Arthur already has contracted tuberculosis from Thomas Downes (which has a latency period that could have stayed for years), then getting drunk at a bar could be worse, because alcoholism is a risk factor for TB, along with his smoking and his physical trauma and malnutrition from getting shot, kidnapped, tortured, and denied food by Colm O'Driscoll and his boys,note  which can lead to his early death in a matter of weeks, especially if he maintains his high honor.
  • Resonance of Fate: In an early cutscene, Zephyr takes a single sip of champagne... only to spit it out and break into a coughing fit.
  • Blaise in Rune Factory 3 doesn't drink because of a Noodle Incident that he cannot remember and no one will elaborate on, besides looking embarrassed and urging you to never give him alcohol.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • They don’t have this in the American version, but in Wario Land 2, there’s a penguin-like enemy that throws beer in Wario’s face, which causes him to get plastered rather quickly. (Meaning Wario fits this Trope to a T, seeing as he’s a big guy, and beer is, at most, 5% alcohol.) Incidentally, the American version has the bird throw a bomb at him; clearly, the censors think bombs are okay, but drunkenness is not.
    • Believe it or not, Princess Peach fits too, and wine is something you should keep away from her. (No, this is not from a fan art version.) In Super Mario Kart, they give the winner a bottle of champagne; they don’t drink it in the American version, but they do in the original Japanese. Bowser even gulps the entire bottle, but seeing as he’s a huge turtle-monster, he doesn’t even get tipsy. Peach, on the other hand, if she’s the winner, does the same thing, and gets seriously soused. (Champagne is about 12% alcohol content, by the way; this scene comes as a shock to any American player.)
  • Sunset Overdrive: The game's Zip Mode involves the player downing a single bottle of beer and getting so drunk they immediately pass out and wake up somewhere else in the city.
  • Super Robot Wars has two examples:
    • Sanger Zonvolt, a well-built German samurai, and quite possibly the most badass character in a game full of badasses, will faint at the slightest taste of alcohol.
    • Then there's Tetsuya Onodera, Executive Officer of the Hagane, and later Captain of the Kurogane. After drinking a glass of sake with Captain Daitetsu Minase, he gets sick during an enemy attack and must give command to Bridge Bunny Eita until the captain returns.
  • Touhou Lost Branch Of Legend: In Sanshoku Geidontei, Reimu gets called one if she is questioning Suika Ibuki, which turns into a drinking competition:
    Reimu: What's wrong, Suika? You've been giving me that smug look ever since I entered.
    Suika: What's that, Reimu? Miss blackout-in-one-cup issuin' me a challenge?
  • In Triangle Strategy, a side story between Erador and Corentin features Erador dragging Corentin over to the bar to get him to take a break from studying. Corentin quickly gets drunk enough that he starts angrily ranting before passing out. It's unclear exactly how much he drank, other than Erador, who was drinking as well, wasn't nearly so affected by it.
  • The otherwise serious game Vermintide II received a bonus mission for its 1 year anniversary called "A Quiet Drink" where the Bloody Ubersreik Five (or Four, it doesn't matter) go out drinking together in a moment's downtime. Hilariously, it's the stoic and unsmiling witch hunter Victor Saltspyre and the sharp-tongued and sarcastic elf Kerillian who go to pieces the most, with Victor drunkenly admitting he wanted to be a steam tank driver instead of a witch hunter (and imitating the sound of a steam tank's whistle) and Kerillian proclaiming herself "Queen Kerillian (the First)" and whining that she wants to go home.
  • Zig-Zagged in the drinking contest minigame in The Witcher. The trick is that the game tracks Geralt's drunkenness by the alcohol content of what he's drinking, but only tracks the number of drinks for his opponent. Drink only beer and you're golden, but if you drink wine or hard liquor you'll typically have the magically mutated monster hunter getting drunk under the table by some random fat guy in a bar.
  • Cookie Masterson in the Language floor of You Don't Know Jack The Ride.

    Visual Novels 
  • CLANNAD: Nagisa Furukawa turns love-love-jealous-drunk in the instant she drinks a cup of sake. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hanyuu from Higurashi: When They Cry can taste what Rika drinks. She hates alcohol so Rika often drinks wine (or eats spicy foods) in order to punish her. Rika is nine to ten years old while Hanyuu died as an adult, which adds a bit of irony to the fact Rika handles liquor better than Hanyuu.
  • Ikemen Sengoku: Masamune and Hideyoshi both get drunk very easily. Masamune gets so drunk from a single sip after Mitsuhide switches out his water for sake that he needs to be dragged by the main character to his bed. Hideyoshi, while not quite as bad as Masamune, has the added tendency to blurt out everything he's thinking without any filter while drunk.
  • Justified in Katawa Shoujo. At Hanako's birthday party, Akira turns up with two bottles of wine as a present, then either sticks around to drink a few glasses or leaves for work (depending on the route chosen). Hisao, Lilly and Hanako are all under legal drinking age. Hisao moderates himself pretty well, Hanako much less so, with Lilly's drink amount dependent on the route chosen. All three of them regret it the next morning.
  • Chris in Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! pretty much gets instantly inebriated whenever the Kawakami Water comes out. Played for hilarious effect in her own route, where it leads to a threesome with Margit.
  • Uendo Toneido in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is such a lightweight that he gets knocked out from eating half of a sake-filled manju bun. It's enough to knock out all three of his split personalities at once! This may have something to do with his hidden fourth personality which only comes out when the other three are indisposed.
  • Stunt in SC2VN quickly passes out after a night of drinking. It helps that he's still a high school kid.
  • Both Mary Clarissa and Angie in Shikkoku no Sharnoth have next to no alcohol tolerance. When Angie is described as getting drunk quicker than even Mary, who is tipsy after a single drink, you know it must be bad.
  • Shining Song Starnova has Mika, who is such a lightweight that she gets completely shitfaced after a single sip of sake.
  • Tsukihime:
    • Hisui. During the small welcoming party her, Kohaku, and Akiha throw for Shiki after his arrival at the mansion, drinks are served and she's the first casualty, despite drinking the weakest drink. In her route, one thing leads to another and Shiki wakes up the next morning in bed with her...though after the initial shock they determine nothing inappropriate took place while they were drunk.
    • Shiki himself may count due to his poor health, though he knows to moderate himself.

    Web Animation 
  • Anon: Chelsea. A lightweight drinker who also is known for taking out her anger in all the wrong ways when she's had a few too many, putting her own mother in hospital after a couple of drinks wasn't one of her most shining moments.
  • Etra chan saw it!: Akamatsu drinks while clubbing but he cannot hold his alcohol and gets drunk easily. One time he passed out when he drunk and finished a party drink in a glass tube.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Strong Bad frequently enjoys "Cold Ones" with no ill effect, but in the Strong Bad Email "personal favorites", Strong Bad claims he once drank an entire glass of soy sauce at once and tried to fly Bubs' concession stand.
    • "caffeine" features a variant: Strong Sad is sensitive to caffeine to the point where the trace amounts in "several heaping spoonfuls" of Sanka (a brand of decaf coffee) turns him into a twitching, hyperactive mess.
      Strong Sad: I feel great! I feel great! I feel great! I feel bad. I don't even watch football! I don't even watch football! I can't remember my legs!
  • Seemingly nobody in Petera Dzive can handle drinking booze without passing out instantly. The series exploits this for humorous effect.
  • Revenge Films: Sukami was a bad drunk, which the female protagonist exploits by getting her too drunk to attend her wedding in revenge for planting her brother at the altar and driving him into a catatonic, depressed vegetable.

  • Oddly Peach and Daisy are this in The 3 Little Princesses despite having played their Drinking Game previously. Rosalina handles Whacka Juice quite well despite never having drank in her life.
  • Tuff from Archipelago is rendered to inane babbling and running around with his pants on his head by a single dose of a medicine that happened to contain alcohol. The villains actually try to use this aganst him by sending a pretty girl and an Umbrella Drink to Tuff when they want to put him out of the picture, and it almost works. Also makes him unable to pronounce the word "optimist".
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl, Mike becomes drunk easily when accepting a bet to eat liquor candy in the confrontation arc.
  • In Dubious Company, after Izor is ignored by his elite guard, he goes drinking with Tiren and Walter. When the guards return to pick him up, he's so plastered he vomits on Mary. Given how much Tiren and Walter drink, it's hard to tell whether Izor is this, or he was drunk into oblivion.
  • In Exiern after her transformation to a woman Tiff discovers it now only takes two drinks to get her really drunk. She doesn't see this as a bad thing though since she likes being drunk and this means she can do it more quickly.
  • Florence from Freefall has a very low alcohol tolerance as confirmed by Word of God, which makes this punchline even funnier.
  • Walky from It's Walky! gets really drunk after a sip of beer. His sister Sal is shown to have the same problem in a following strip. As stated by Joyce, it's a family trait. This is shown to be true of their various Dumbiverse counterparts as well.
  • In Lackadaisy, Mordecai tried Bunny Hugs (a cocktail made from gin and absinthe), which hit him like a freight train. A flashback showed a disheveled Mordecai slurring his speech and fawning on Viktor. He hasn't touched alcohol since.
  • In Mindmistress, the title character once got drunk with only one cup of alcohol.
  • PvP's Francis Ottoman had an interesting reaction to his first beer.
  • Questionable Content:
    • Subverted: strips #718 - 719 has Faye (and later the rest of the cast) getting hammered from a few sips of bourbon. It is discovered almost immediately that the drink was no ordinary bourbon. Not to mention the bottle was glowing. It came in its own metal case.
    • Justified for Tai, who is simply so small that it doesn't take much.
    • Steve gets homo tendencies when drunk, usually for an unamused Marten. In one such case, Jeph's rant at the bottom of the page mentions that Steve only had two drinks.
  • In Rascals, Chrissy has a hard time holding her liquor. As a result, she comes onto Quick heavily. After Chrissy and Quick's "Lets Be Friends," Jazmin attends a party and becomes drunk after one shot.
  • In Seekers Giselda passes out after one cup of straight liquor.
  • In season 2 of Sidekicks Lamia gets drunk enough to pass out after taking a single swig from her hip flask.
  • Simtopi: Willow gets pretty drunk off a few glasses of wine in one of the earlier chapters. This leads to the First Kiss between her and Gabriel.
  • Sunstone has Allyson who has a complete inability to keep her secrets down once she's touched alcohol, she also looses her ability to restrain the dom tendencies in her BDSM relationship with Lisa.
  • In Treading Ground, Aya manages to get drunk on a single O'Douls (a "beer" with only 6 proof).
  • The Keidrans in TwoKinds have this problem. They get completely smashed off a mouthful or two of normal Ale (Which is actually a very weak liquor). Side effects may include talking like LOLCats.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, Kalliv is seen inspecting a drink and being encouraged to drink it at the end of chapter 4, then appears to be hungover when woken up in chapter 5. He is incidentally just 13 years old.

    Web Videos 
  • Spoofed in The Annoying Orange, "Grapes of Wrath", when the gang visits a vineyard. Dane is seen getting "drunk" on grape preserves.
  • Keyleth, the half-elven druid from Campaign 1 of Critical Role, has a legendarily bad alcohol tolerance combined with a fondness for day drinking. This is featured in the first clip shown from the animated adaptation, The Legend of Vox Machina, where she hurls after a single mug of ale.
  • Drew Gooden: "Nobody Should Say That To Their Mom" begins with Drew celebrating the fact that he posted a YouTube video. He decides to have a beer, despite concerns that he wouldn't be able to handle the drink. He takes one sip, comments on the fact that he's doing just fine... and cut to him in bed, having been knocked out for three weeks.
  • Orma, the female Orc Barbarian of the party in Heroes & Halfwits is such a lightweight that she gets knocked out with even the smallest of drinks. A problem exacerbated by the fact that she never turns down a drink and tends to be a very different person when she wakes up.
  • I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC: Spider-Man usually orders milk at the bar, and when he does drink he spends the next few episodes in a drunken stupor babbling parodies of other blockbuster movies, although it's mainly because the other heroes constantly spike his drinks in order to enjoy said parodies.
  • The Music Video Show Episode 82 is seven minutes worth of this.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his It review, it's only ten minutes before his speech is slurred and he's grinning sloshedly.
      Critic: The camera's purdy.
    • Perhaps Doug Walker himself. On the commentary for It, he says one of the very few drinking games he's tried to play in real life is the Red Dwarf drinking game (take a shot every time Kryten explains some technobabble). He didn't make it through a single episode before puking and passing out. EgoRaptor and Rob have also said that if he had actually been drinking as the Critic, the clothes would have come off fast.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Scratch and Grounder collapse after sharing a bottle of alcohol in a "Sonic Sez".
  • Stan Smith in American Dad! turns out to be such in one episode where he starts insisting Francine make him a martini every day after work. Granted a martini is a fairly strong cocktail as she warns him.
  • Jay Sherman (and Marty) from The Critic. When they went to France, a waiter offered them a small glass of wine. Cut to a few minutes later, with the glass still almost full, but both plastered.
  • In the 1963 Paramount cartoon "Crumley Cogwheel," the titular figure has a week to ask for a raise or his boss will fire him. He's very timid, so he musters up the nerve by going to a bar and getting drunk. It obviously didn't take long to get toasted as he did it on his lunch break.
  • Peter Griffin from Family Guy has gotten drunk from drinking a sip of Communion wine (which is very watered down in some places, although other parishes use nearly-neat fortified wine with only a symbolic drop of water) and has passed out from taking one lick of butter rum ice cream, just to name a few examples. The weird thing about Peter is that once he does get drunk, he sort of plateaus and doesn't appear to get any drunker no matter how much he has.
  • Hazbin Hotel: It takes very little to get Niffty wasted. Justified since she's very small, meaning she can't process as much alcohol as everyone else.
  • In Inspector Gadget, the title character once got drunk from a small cup of soda. On the other hand, later in the series, he's shown drinking from a pint of beer with no problems — that spiked soda could have been something much stronger.
  • The Legend of Vox Machina: Apparently, Keyleth has a very low alcohol tolerance level as she gets very drunk to the point of vomiting constantly after she had just one beer in the first episode.
  • Metalocalypse:
    • Pickles, despite his reputation for being The Stoner in the band, and even being completely immune to the negative side effects to one of the most deadly (fictional) drugs ever created, can't drink much without getting completely wasted. In fact, he had to be sent to rehab — not for his massive drug abuse, but because he can't drum with a measly few beers in him.
    • Nathan Explosion goes crazy whenever he drinks tequila. It nearly destroys the band's career when he gets drunk on tequila and (possibly under the influence of a mystic whale) smashes the only surviving copy of their latest album.
  • Parodied in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, where Buster, Plucky, and Hamton split a single beer, and proceed to go on a drunken bender that ends with a car going off a cliff. It was pretty much a spoof of Anvilicious Drugs Are Bad stories.
  • Subverted in The Simpsons' retelling of the story of Paul Bunyon. The townspeople give the giant Homer a similarly giant glass of beer. They're amazed that one cup of beer knocks him out... until Moe reveals that there was a giant roofie pill in the glass.


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Alternative Title(s): Cant Hold Her Liquor, Cant Hold Their Liquor


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Skull Smash is the prehistoric equivalent to alcohol, and after drinking one measly cup, Lucca ends up becoming completely wasted.

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