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I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!

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Spike: Hey, Pony Joe! Another donut.
Donut Joe: Don't you think you've had enough?
Spike: (slams cocoa mug down on the counter) Another donut! EXTRA SPRINKLES!

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Hey, I'll TELL you when I've described too many!

A character is having a lot to drink, induced by sorrow or otherwise, and The Bartender tries to gently get this character to stop. This character will then react angrily. Often, the bartender asks "Don't you think you've had enough?", and the character snaps "I'll tell you when I've had enough!", hence the name. The bartender may listen or comply with the demand.

Nowadays, it's almost a Discredited Trope due to having as many parodies, usually involving someone Drunk on Milk or drinking an absurdly small amount, as straight uses.

Also, even though people in Real Life are prone to do this, bartenders don't stop at asking. A bar can lose its license to serve alcohol by serving overly intoxicated customers in most jurisdictions, and the bartender may face legal repercussions, too. They will simply refuse to serve a seriously intoxicated customer any more alcohol, and if the customer makes a fuss, well, that's why bars have Bouncers. Less scrupulous bartenders may start diluting the drinks with cheaper, non-alcoholic juice while still charging full price, since someone that drunk won't be able to tell the difference.

Almost the mantra of The Alcoholic.

Contrast No More for Me.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In chapter 154 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Miko insists as she stuffs another alcohol-filled bonbon into her mouth: "The drunk person gets to say whether or not they're drunk!" Ishigami is unconvinced and lifts the tray out of her reach.
  • In Campione!, a drunk Erica demands that Godou pours more wine in her glass. He obviously refuses, in no small part because she's talking to a mask in front of a mirror, facing completely away from Godou.
  • In One Piece, Whitebeard's first scene has him claiming this. Unique in that he's neither drunk or talking to a bartender, but instead starting to feel his years and it's his nurse who's trying to curb his alcoholism for health reasons.

    Audio Plays 
  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama "The Revolution'', Bernice Summerfield is asked if she's had enough (while lying on the floor) and asks if the bartender has a scientific test for inebriation. The bartender, Renk van Magnastein, suggests attempting to say his name.

    Fan Works 
  • In Ani, Obi-Wan Kenobi proves that this phrase is much more effective when combined with a Jedi Mind Trick.
    Bartender: I think you've had enough.
    Obi-Wan: I'll tell you when I've had enough!
    Bartender: You'll tell me when you've had enough!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Agent Smecker of The Boondock Saints rudely tells the bartender at a gay club to "Just pour the drink, you fairy fuck" when the bartender tries to tell him he's had enough.
  • Dangerous: Played with. An already very drunk Joyce asks if she can have Don's drink at the bar. Don says "Haven't you had enough?" Joyce agrees, saying "Quite enough." Then she grabs Don's drink and downs it.
  • Seen in The Lost Weekend (although he's not Drowning His Sorrows so much as getting plastered because he's a professional drunk.)
  • In Petticoat Planet, Lily tries to tell the drunk mayor that she thinks she's had enough, only to get this response. The mayor then demands a bottle of redeye and a curly straw.

  • Discworld:
  • Henry in The Secret History, only with pills.
  • Subverted in the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series. Callahan believes his customers are adults and normally won't question how much they want to drink. He WILL, however, take their car keys as he doesn't want anyone who's had too much to drive home drunk.
  • In the Star Wars Legends novel "The Hutt Gambit" (Book 2 of The Han Solo Trilogy), Han starts out in a dive bar, Drowning His Sorrows over being drummed out of the Imperial Navy. Chewbacca, at the beginning of his life-debt to Han, worries about how much the human is drinking, to which Han grumbles, "Keep your opinions to yourself, hairball. I'll know when I've had enough"

    Live-Action TV 
  • In a skit on A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Stephen, as the barman, asks a worse-for-wear looking Hugh if he's sure he wants another drink as he's had six already, and is told "You just keep 'em coming!" Stephen says "Righto, your funeral", and pours another blackcurrant cordial.
  • In Riverdale, in the episode "Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia", Reggie attempts to cut Archie off after several hard ones in Veronica's speakeasy.
  • Supernatural. In "Defending Your Life", Dean is drinking double-shots of whiskey and has no intention of slowing down. Until the attractive female bartender says she finishes work in an hour and doesn't want him passing out. So Dean decides to switch to beer.
  • Edward Gunn, The Alcoholic drifter that Bosch has long suspected of being a Serial Killer, says this word-for-word in the first scene of Season 3, right before he's kicked out of a bar. Shortly thereafter he's murdered, and suspicion falls on Bosch.
  • The Wire In a cold open for one episode, Jimmy McNulty is getting drunk at a bar, and orders one more shot. The bartender tries to get him to slow his roll and asks if he's going to drive. McNulty swears to him he won't, only for the scene to then Gilligan Cut to a very drunk McNulty barreling down the street while half-singing along to the Pogues and then crashing into concrete pillar twice.

  • Psychostick's decidedly tongue-in-cheek song "Beer Is Good" has, at the end of the second refrain, a seemingly sober by-stander suggesting, "Uh, dude, I think you've had enough—" at which the singer takes a breath and declares with hostility , "NOOOOO..."

  • A variation is used in I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
    David: I'll... have the shame again, Sham...
    Barkeep: Don't you, uh...don't you think you've had enough, Mr. Hatch?
    David: Enough!? Shure I've had enough! Of this crazy, go-ahead, shtinkin' world... that'sh what I've had enough of!
  • On Cabin Pressure, when Douglas and Arthur are knocking back pineapple juice in Kilkenny airport:
    Douglas: Gerry, two more pineapple juices over here.
    Gerry: Er, d'you not think maybe you've had enough?
    Douglas: No, I don't.
    Gerry: Only they're quite acidic. You can get yourself a stomach ulcer.
    Douglas: Don't worry, Gerry. We can handle our juice.

    Web Comics 
  • In Narbonic, Dave, after drowning his sorrows, moves from the bar to the coffee shop, where he snarls at Calliban the demonic barrista "I'll tell you when I've had enough Mocha Talls, dammit!"
  • A flashback in Captain SNES: The Game Masta had this exchange, after King Hippo witnessing some really disturbing events:
    Bartender: I think you've had enough root beer, sir.
    King Hippo: Your name's Newton, right?
    Bartender: Yes.
    King Hippo: Then I haven't had enough.
  • Subverted in The Order of the Stick. When a dwarfishly drunk Haley swipes Durkon's pint, he accuses her of having had enough, setting up for this trope. Haley, however, refers to Durkon's expertise; it's Durkon who decides she hasn't had enough to forget that Elan out-logicked her.
  • In El Goonish Shive, The Rant of this comic does this with awkwardness of all things and the "bartender" is apparently someone serving Dan pancakes.

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    Western Animation 
  • In an Alvin and the Chipmunks episode that spoofed King Kong, Theodore was at a bar, and when the bartender asked the question, Theodore snapped "More carrot juice!"
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Round Springfield", Bleeding Gums Murphy revealed in flashback that his lost his music fortune on his $1500 a day habit, buying Fabergé eggs. Cue Murphy at the counter of a jewelery store demanding another egg while the jeweller asks "Don't you think you've had enough?", then a down-and-out Murphy in an alley surrounded by broken Fabergé eggs.
    • In "Fear of Flying", Homer's search for a new bar to hang out at sees him in the bar from Cheers, where he finds (with a Zany Scheme going on in the background) Norm Peterson asking for another:
      Woody: I think you've had enough, Mr. Peterson. My chiropractor says I can't carry you home any more.
      Norm: Just gimme another beer, you brain-dead hick! [grabs bottle, smashes it] I'll kill you! (to the other patrons) I'll kill all of you! [Cliff and Frasier hold him down]
      Cliff: Whoa, settle down, Normy. Gotta save those pipes for karaoke!
      [Homer panics and suddenly departs. Cut to Norm more settled down in a corner.]
      Norm: I love you guys... [starts crying, and camera holds for uncomfortably long time; Cheers leitmotif plays]
  • Bobby from King of the Hill says this when the owner of the deli he's at tries to convince him he's had enough chicken liver.
  • On Rocko's Modern Life, in the episode "Who's For Dinner", Heffer runs away from home after discovering he's adopted. A diner waiter tells Heffer he's had enough French fries to eat, and Heffer yells in response, "I'll tell you when I've had enough, you greasy plate jockey!" Then he tries to eat the dijon mustard stain on the waiter's apron.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode "6th Grade Girls", Maria's boyfriend Tommy does this at the school dance with cups of punch.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • In the episode "The Best Night Ever", Spike gets ditched by the main characters and spends a lonely evening at the local donut shop:
      Spike: Hey, Pony Joe! Another donut.
      Pony Joe: Don't you think you've had enough?
      Spike: [Slams cocoa mug down on the counter] Another donut! EXTRA SPRINKLES!
    • And in "Yakity-Sax", Pinkie Pie is drowning her sorrows in ice cream sundaes while listening to a yovidaphone musician in Yakyakistan:
      Pinkie: Gimme another.
      Yak waiter: But pony already had twenty-five ice—
      Pinkie: [slams hoof on the table] I SAID GIMME ANOTHER!!
  • Invoked by Freakazoid! in the epic Spit Take scene in the episode "And Fan Boy Was His Name":
    Freakazoid: Hey Mike, enough with the bells! note 
    Mike: I'm giving angels their wings!
    Freakazoid: Well cut it out and give me another.
    Mike: Hey, slow down Mr. F, it's not like Expendable Lad is dead or anything, he's just in the hospital with a bruised clavicle!
    Freakazoid: I said give me another one! CURSE YOUR TINY PAPER HAT! If I want to blitz myself into some papaya-induced hallucination, that's my business...
  • Used in Home Movies when Jason became addicted to candy in one episode.
  • Parodied in Drawn Together, when Captain Hero is drinking lemonade and seemingly getting drunk off of it. He gives this line when asked if he's had enough, then demands "the whole lemon." He proceeds to squeeze the entire lemon into the cup and drink the lemon juice straight. Needless to say, his face implodes.
  • Used in Rocket Power after Otto costs Reggie a really cool birthday party at the skate park. She loads up on fries from the shack (with extra salt) until Tito cuts her off and makes a sarcastic remark about her driving home.
  • Popeye regales how his prehistoric ancestors discovered spinach in an Al Brodax cartoon (made by the Larry Harmon studio). One scene has caveman Brutus bopping Popeye on the head with his club.
    Popeye: When does I gets a turn?
    Brutus: Not yet. [bops him again] I ain't tired yet! [laughs]
  • Family Guy: a video of Peter and Lois' honeymoon starts with a shot of a on an alcoholic beverage against a beach between beach chairs, Peter reaching for it, Lois brushing his hand away on the grounds that he's probably had enough, and Peter slurring that she doesn't know, get away, he knows better and, somehow, falling forward into the sand.
  • Kid Cosmic: In "Kid Cosmic and the Soul Kroshing Loss", Kid Cosmic drowns his sorrows in root beer floats and gets confrontational when Flo and Hamburg try to cut him off.
  • Recess: In "I Will Kick No More Forever", Mikey tries to stop a depressed and couch-ridden Vince from shoving donuts in his mouth, asking, "Don't you think you've had enough?" Vince wordlessly swallows them.

    Real Life 
  • One issue in the Modern Drunkard Magazine about André the Giant says that once a bartender wanted him to leave so he will be able to close; as he didn't want to, the bartender told him that he could stay only as long as he keeps drinking (the thing of Andre being a wrestler may have something to do with it); Andre finished up at 5:00 AM.


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A depressed Guano gets wasted on ice cream.

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