BoJack: Todd, I'm a horse. It takes a lot to get me drunk.
[camera pans out to reveal the room is filled with empty bottles and kegs]
BoJack: ... Yes.
This person likes their liquor, and in large amounts. They may realize they have a problem, and get on and Off the Wagon, or they may be a Drunken Master, and this is merely a part of his or her 'training,' or a result of their — 'skills.'
Sometimes, this character is merely Drowning Their Sorrows and will bounce back later in the series. Other times, they've been this way from the beginning and has no plans to stop anytime soon. Worried friends may try to help by Nailing Them To The Wagon, though this attempt at forcing them to go Cold Turkey will result in delirium tremens (hence why it is a tradition in psychology that when rehabilitating someone, do it step-by-step).
Real Life alcoholics are not always lying in the gutter—sometimes they are just people who drink alone, or for the sake of drinking, but never appearing to drink to excess (due to tolerance). Commonly, alcohol is drunk due to its effects as an anti-anxiety drug. It is entirely possible that successful people may be alcoholics on the inside. The High-Functioning Alcoholic is proof that sometimes you cannot tell an alcoholic by mere appearance, and they may be in fact be in lofty professions such as law and politics (both highly associated with alcoholism; there are even specialized help lines and recovery networks for lawyers and judges needing help with alcohol and drug use). Hollywood, however, prefers the 'Straw Boozer' form: someone wandering the streets in a stupor with a bottle in their hand is more obvious and pathetic than a high-functioning alcoholic who usually stays in their room with a glass in hand contemplating.
Most fictional alcoholics experience Pink Elephants — another trope that only loosely touches on the reality.
There is no known cure for alcoholism. Someone who has managed to quit the habit is considered a recovering alcoholic, and if committed to it, remains in whatever therapy he or she used to become sober. That said, there are people who quit without therapy, or who stay sober without therapy, as well as some (very) rare people who don't become sober but do become moderate and responsible drinkers (and their mere existence is controversial to the point of Flame Wars over whether they are "in denial" or if it really is possible to drink responsibly once having become addicted).
Note that making a Real Life actual alcoholic (as in a physically addicted to alcohol one, not just an emotionally addicted one or ordinary irresponsible drinker) go cold turkey is putting their life at risk, as alcohol withdrawal can lead to delirium tremens, which, if untreated, results in death. Physically addicted alcoholics must be tapered off of alcohol, slowly reducing the amount they drink, or weaned from it in a proper hospital setting where if they begin to go into delirium tremens, it can be treated.
Compare The Stoner, Drunken Master, Vodka Drunkenski, Hard-Drinking Party Girl, Off the Wagon, Beergasm, Quick Nip, I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!, and Addled Addict. If the whole plot is about how a character became an alcoholic, it's an example of Descent into Addiction. Oddly, there are "alcoholics" who can get drunk off of milk. The Teetotaler is the direct opposite.
- Berman, of the Magic Bullet infomercials, is quite obviously hungover when he stumbles into the kitchen. He's the drunk of the whole shebang.
- Sumeragi Lee Noriega from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl most of the time, but is known to get specifically drunk to forget her past failures very often. Then again she's an expy of Misato Katsuragi, so it's not surprising.
- Quent Yaiden from Wolf's Rain. He's probably been mentioned in a similar context before.
- Major Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion. In the second episode, Shinji observes her fridge contains fifty gallons of beer.
- Sylia Stingray from Bubblegum Crisis 2040 is definitely abusing something. She's seen drinking pretty often, but might have a drug habit on the side.
- Arguably Kitsune in Love Hina - most of the time she's depicted either drinking or obviously drunk.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Russia, "obeying" the Vodka Drunkenski stereotype about Russians as a whole, is all but stated to be this. Subverted in that, while he is shown drinking and straight-up admits the stereotype above, he is never shown straight-up drunk.
- Russia's neighbor and former subordinate Latvia is said to be this in side materials, which state that despite looking like a teenager he's capable of drinking at least 15 vodka glasses in a single serving.
- Prussia shows signs of it, always having a beer in hand, though he may be closer to a male Hard-Drinking Party Girl.
- Denmark is the heaviest drinker of the Nordics, of course. He's seen excitedly drinking beer, and trying to get free drinks out of Iceland during his special announcement.
- Finland has quite the fondness for alcohol as well. He gets drunk after Sweden calls off a battle with Lithuania and Poland. In one of his character songs, he mentions his love of beer and cider.
- There are two notable examples is Monster, both of whom are drowning their sorrows.
- While Happosai, one of the most consistently villainous characters in Ranma ½, is better known for his other appetites, he's also quite a boozehound when the opportunity arises. When your students' first plan to finally kill you is to feed you several barrels of sake, then seal you up inside one and throw it and some dynamite into a cave that they then block with a Zigzag Paper Tassel-wrapped boulder... and it works... you've got a drinking problem.
- Fairy Tail: Cana drinks thirty percent of the liquor drunk by the Fairy Tail Guild from a giant barrel. Bear in mind the guild has dozens of members and not many seem to be teetotallers.
- Hiroshi's neglective father in Domu: A Child's Dream. He does nothing but lie around his apartment intoxicated and that's why his wife and son left him.
- In Brigadoon: Marin and Melan Tadashi is nearly always seen drunk, drinking, or asking for more sake. It's shown to have seriously damaged his family.
- Mr Fujisawa from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World. He is even sad that he can have his fantastic strength only if he doesn't drink.
- Mr Legend from Tiger & Bunny is revealed to have been this in his past, drowning his sorrows away after losing his NEXT powers.
- Cross Marian from D.Gray-Man. Who's hinted to be drowning his sorrows, given his room filled with wine bottles, and his character quote.
Cross Marian: Sake is the best medicine.
- Mansam from Toriko. All of the ingredients of his Full Course contain alcohol.
- One Piece:
- Zoro absolutely loves his sake, and the guy never seems to get drunk so no hangovers for him. In fact, one might deign to say that he loves his alcohol as much as Luffy loves his meat: while training under Mihawk, he is horrified to learn that he would be denied his booze until he learned to infuse his blades with so much haki that they'd turn completely black.
- Even more amazing is old lady Kokoro introduced in the Water 7 arc. She is never seen without a bottle of booze in hand, so one can only assume she constantly drinks and therefore is constantly drunk. But despite this she somehow retains the ability to drive a freakin' speeding out-of-control train.
- Ms. Igarashi of Pani Poni Dash!, who often shows up to school drunk, or at least smelling of alcohol.
- Roy from Fullmetal Alchemist has some elements of this. He drowns his sorrows due to being a Shell-Shocked Veteran haunted by the war. He was even worse before his friend Hughes cleaned him up.
- Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is often seen drinking beer or sake, or suffering from a hangover. She even met Tohru after a night of hard drinking.
- Yui from Lucky Star does on occasion come home to Konata's house drunk. In the sixth episode, Nanako is forced to drive after Yui can't due to this.
- Doctor Sakezo Sado in Space Battleship Yamato (Dr. Sane in Star Blazers). He is usually seen drinking sake, and he drinks lots of it. Star Blazers tried to cover this up by calling it spring water.
- The Bacchus by Michelangelo makes it clear the titular god is smashed by capturing him with his goblet raised to the heavens, his eyes rolled into his skull, and his head nearly tilted off. The guy is even holding the fur of a tiger, an animal classically synonymous with wine-making grapes. His satyr companion seems pretty undisturbed by his master's inebriation, hinting that this is Bacchus's default state.
- Foster Brooks made a career of jokes built around his heavy drinking. This was often played off as Fair for Its Day, with Brooks explaining that he had mixed up his dates and would never have intentionally shown up in this condition.
- Christopher Titus described his dad as always having a beer in hand, including funerals, waterskiing and PTA conferences. It's a firmly established part of his childhood memories that associates the can opening up with his dad saying something soul crushing.
- Dean Martin used to do his act seemingly drunk with a glass of whisky (usually claimed to have actually been apple juice, though stories vary) in his hand, but while he wasn't a teetotaler, he wasn't the lush he pretended to be either. The HBO movie "Rat Pack" lampshades this rather hilariously: the camera pans up the side of the Sands hotel, showing glimpses of what's going on in everyone's room: Sammy has a girl and a drink, Peter has a girl and a drink, Joey has a girl and a drink, Frank has two girls and a drink ... and at the very top is Martin, sitting in bed alone watching TV, drinking a glass of milk.
- Robin Williams would play his prior addictions for laughs.
Robin: When I became a reformed alcoholic I realized I'm the same asshole. I just have fewer dents in my car.
- Howard Nissen from Give Me Liberty, after having to deal with more than fifty separatist movements in the US and his mostly right-wing secretaries actively opposing him. Moretti may also be blamed.
- Iron Man:
- Tony Stark went through a serious alcohol problem in the comics, which was treated realistically and respectfully. But thanks to Never Live It Down, this is the default portrayal of him in other media. In the movie, nearly every scene that's not a fight scene has him drinking an alcoholic beverage of some sort. As the sequel was partially an adaptation of the storyline dealing with the drinking problem, it was Foreshadowing.
- Stark helped Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird, and Captain Marvel) get a handle on her drinking problem. The Ultimate version takes this to the Ultimate extreme. A prime example is this dialogue between Black Widow and Stark:
Black Widow: Listen... but do you really think it is wise to knock back so many vodkas before you fly that thing?
Tony Stark: Oh, absolutely, darling. In fact, it's really quite essential... I mean, who in their right mind's going to climb into it sober?
- Of course, there's a secondary reason for Ultimate Stark's alcoholism: he has an inoperable brain tumor that will kill him in under five years, which means he must be dealing with some massive migraines. Ultimate Stark also has brain tissue all over his body that makes him more intelligent but also causes him to feel constant agony. Wearing a special bio-suit and being plastered 24-7 helps him to cope with it.
- From Spider-Man's comic:
- Flash Thompson's asshole of a father was one, and Flash was too for a while. Flash was smart enough to clean up his act and get help, but sadly, Norman Osborn exploited this in a plot to get revenge on Spidey. At present, it seems Flash is sober, but he has plenty more to worry about..
- Mary Jane's dad was this too, and it cost him his marriage and the respect of both his daughters, although Mary Jane eventually reconciled with him a little.
- Also true of Electro's father and probably Dr. Octopus' father, the problem causing both villains to have Abusive Parents and broken homes. To be blunt, as unlucky as he is, Peter Parker had a much better history than most of his foes.
- Sunfire from the Uncanny Avengers, who turned to drinking after an ill-advised FaceHeel Turn where he betrayed the X-Men and joined Mr. Sinister's Marauders. When Wolverine finally tracks him to Tokyo, Sunfire drunkenly assumes that his former ally is there to kill him for his betrayal.
- Captain Haddock in Tintin. The portrayal is horrifying in his first appearance — The Crab with the Golden Claws, where he's arguably more dangerous to Tintin than the baddies they're fighting. Although often the subject of jokes, readers are left in no doubt that it's an addiction and has terrible side effects not only on Haddock himself but everyone around him. It's also a running gag that he is so addicted to alcohol, he's incapable of drinking non-alcoholic drinks, especially water. Fortunately, his addiction slowly weakens during the course of the series thanks to a combination of Character Development, horrible repercussions, and Tintin's efforts to keep him away from alcohol.
- In Watchmen, the Mothman's alcoholism gets so bad that he is eventually committed to a sanitarium. This would not have been unusual for the time period, though.
- Judge Dredd Megazine: Jack Point carries a hipflask of whiskey everywhere and drinks it at every available opportunity.
- As Gotham Central progresses Renee Montoya descends further and further into depression as she experiences the violence and corruption of the Gotham City Police Department. After being involuntarily outed by Two-Face, forced to beat up a Corrupt Cop in order to get evidence to exonerate her falsely-implicated partner and experiencing the general events of Gotham City she begins to drink heavily and grows increasingly violent. This is noticed by her girlfriend, Daria Hernandez, and her partner, Crispus Allen, and it looks like she might actually decide to get some counseling to deal with this issue...when Crispus is murdered by Jim Corrigan who then walks on the crime. When her character returns in 52 the creator commentary reveals that she has become an actual alcoholic and has driven away her remaining friends and family.
- Greg Rucka also used this trope with Tara Chace in Queen and Country. Don't misunderstand, Tara is a highly functional alcoholic, but she is definitely an alcoholic. At one point, she is shown having fallen asleep with an empty bottle of whiskey. Another time, she is shown drinking from another bottle of whiskey in the shower. On another occasion, she and a coworker, both already drunk, decide to break into a liquor store to get more alcohol. As much of a badass superspy as Tara may be, she clearly has a huge drinking problem. She does quit drinking after she finds out she is pregnant, however.
- Often in combination with An Aesop in the stories of Wilhelm Busch.
- In Astérix and Caesar's Gift, Tremensdelirius (a pun on "delirium tremens", the trembly hallucinations that are a side-effect of withdrawal in an alcoholic), like other legionaries, is awarded a plot of land by Julius Caesar for twenty years of service. But since he spent all twenty of them drunk and publicly insulted Caesar in a fit of Alcohol Induced Stupidity, Caesar decides to award him the title deed to a certain little Gaulish village. Tremensdelirius sells it to an innkeeper for more wine when he's broke.
- Inspector Gill of Fish Police. This is even mentioned in one letters section, where a reader points out that Gill went a whole issue without drinking. Moncuse counters that by saying that the violence and sex in that issue make up for it.
- Arsenal from Red Hood and the Outlaws is a recovering one. He laments hanging out in a bar in #4 even though he's only drinking soda.
- Among his many other vices (spousal abuse, rape, hypocritical religious zeal, etc.), Klara Prast's (Runaways) husband was a drunk who often blew her meager wages on alcohol.
- Major Disaster became a serious alcoholic during his time in Justice League Elite. His drinking became so bad that his powers malfunctioned during a particularly disastrous battle with the Justice Society, causing an explosion that nearly killed Hawkgirl. He later became sober after Manitou Raven died protecting him from a bomb.
- Ninjette in Empowered is initially introduced as a comic Hard-Drinking Party Girl but her heavy drinking is treated with increasing seriousness as the comic's Cerebus Syndrome develops. In the "Nine Beers With Ninjette" short it's finally confirmed that she's an alcoholic and knows it.
- Several in Jack Chick tracts.
- In "Happy Hour", Jerry ends up spending most of his family's money drinking, causes his wife to die after pushing her over during an argument over his drinking, and uses the grocery money on alcohol. Naturally, while his kids think that he should have died instead of their mother, they end up forgiving him and Christianity is what he needs to get over his alcoholism.
- In "Tiny Shoes", Juan's alcoholism is the reason why he is unable to keep his promise to buy shoes for his son. After the saloon is destroyed by lightning, he decides to buy the shoes, but by then, Juanito has died of pneumonia after walking out in the rain to search for him.
- In "Mad Machine," a father and a son go to a facility described to treat alcoholism. The father's told that he'll like it there, but he says that his son is the patient
- In Vampirella, Pendragon cannot resist the lure of alcohol.
- The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye: Bots have a Fuel Intake Moderator Chip which allows them to filter their fuel, switching it off allows them to get drunk, and Trailbreaker (later Trailcutter) is always drinking, from his spotlight to most of his regular appearances. In Season 2 Megatron forcibly switches the FIM chip on with a blow to his head to ensure permanent sobriety.
- Cerebus the Aardvark:
- Cerebus gets smashed whenever he can, and can knock back prodigious amounts of booze, such as drinking whiskey out of full brandy sniftersnote and scotch out of buckets. In the early issues, this was usually played for laughs, but by the time Guys came around, the alcohol-based comedy is balanced by playing all the consequences of Cerebus' boozing much more seriously. For instance, Cerebus has to deal with the aftermath of very rude things he says about his former mercenary pal Bear while drunk, and in the middle of a booze pass-out, he tells "Dave" that he just wanted to die.
- Cirinist society actually enables this trope; unmarried men tend to be sequestered in bars because the state provides free room and board for them and all the alcohol they can handle. The thought process is that they will either get tired of that lifestyle, shape up, and leave to find a wife, or eventually drink themselves to death. The Guys Story Arc is set in a bar and deals with this concept in multiple fashions.
- In keeping with his real-life basis, F. Stop Kennedy can't stay away from his gin. In Going Home, he spends many evenings on the boat ride with Cerebus and Jaka drunkenly soliloquizing on the roof of his cabin.
- In Violine, Kombo, a witch doctor, even going so far as to save bottles of whiskey from a fire (he thought a child was still inside). His alcoholism also prevents him from seeing the future in time, or at all.
- The title character of Arne Anka, though as he insists in one of his famous quotes:
Arne Anka: I'm not having problems with the alcohol, I'm having problems with the reality!
- The easiest way to find the town doctor in Copperhead is to check the bar for the drunkest man. He is introduced immediately after the bartender cuts him off, but goes on to competently treat a dying person and claim he's done more complex treatments while drunker.
- In PVT Murphy's Law, a brigade of troops coming back from a long deployment overseas find themselves craving alcohol so badly that back in the US, a beer company executive bolts upright in bed because he can feel a great disturbance in the force. This has actually happened twice in the comic so far.
- The Wizard of Id has Bung, named after a wine cask's stopper, (and the other characters call him "sot", which is a historical word for "drunk" more often than they call him by his name) who is almost perpetually drunk, although that apparently doesn't (usually) stop him doing his job competently. In one strip, the King describes the most remarkable part of Bung's act as, "he sobered up."
- Hi and Lois has Thurston, next-door neighbor to the Flagstons, whose fondness for the bottle has earned him the nickname "Thirsty".
- Andy Capp.
- Sunny Breeze, the protagonist of Racer and the Geek, is this. He drinks at least Once an Episode and gets drunk in the majority of them. He's got damn good reasons to want to drown his sorrows.
- The Immortal Game has Sir Unimpressive, who's never seen without a flask of whiskey. Twilight at one point wonders where he keeps managing to get it refilled.
- Frederick von Hohenzollern, the main hero in ''A Dynasty of Dynamic Alcoholism'', is a devoted high-functional alcoholic - to the point he's never seen without a flask. Of course, the name kind of gives it away...
- Earth and Sky: Prince Blueblood is sloshed in every scene he's in. Justified by the fact that being stuck in a loveless marriage of convenience with Diamond Tiara is hardly a state of marital bliss.
- In Under The Northern Lights King Ukko is a bitter drunkard. Heavy drinking is socially mandated among reindeer, but he does it enough that even they react negatively.
- Blackjack from Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons never, ever passes up an opportunity to get wasted, especially when Wild Pegasus whiskey is available. Though seeing how she's been through more mental, physical, and spiritual trauma than nearly every fictional character except for Guts from Berserk, can you blame her?
- In Boys Do Tankary, Vincent and Gage were this, apparently since the age of seven. They had fought in a war on opposite sides, and Nyra, who was Vincent's sister, but on Gage's side, got captured by Vincent's side, who raped and murdered her squadmates after taking her prisoner. When Vincent spared Nyra, they were put into a cell with a gun and told one had to kill the other by the end of the month, and Vincent complied; both he and Gage were driven to drink by the experience. Nyra, however, turns out to be alive, and Gage resolves to quit drinking.
- Dante, or rather, Donte, is the Slayer of Tequila in The Kanyeverse.
- We have Rei the drunk secretary from Kill la Kill AU and this has gotten her into trouble, as she's sent four kids on a beer run. Apparently, she is rarely sober, as she doesn't seem to be sober when she hired as a babysitter. Apparently, this is a deconstuction, seeing as we are shown the harmful consequences of her being one, i.e, she is mentioned to be passed out in her own vomit from time to time.
- Maim de Maim:
- We have Ragyou, who is mentioned to be drinking red wine on a semi-regular basis until Chapter 14. She returns to that habit afterward.
- Ryuuko is too, to a lesser extent. Considering that the Kiryuuins were revealed to have a large alcohol collection, it would safe to say that they all were or are
- Empath in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf alternate timeline story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette" turns into this after Smurfette marries Papa Smurf and has a child through him, and after he successfully leads a rebellion against the new couple that forces them and those that are loyal to them (which included Polaris Psyche and the Smurflings) out of the village, with Empath still being heartbroken from being spurned by Smurfette in favor of Papa Smurf.
- Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations has Mitsuzane, the origins of his alcoholism is revealed in the first part of the Kamen Rider Kiva character arc of the said story, Micchy started to get himself hammered at an early age out of guilt of his actions two months after Helheim's eradication from Earth. Then again, Gou also notes that Micchy is an expy of Tony Stark as a whole, the portrayal of his alcoholism is being treated realistically similar to Stark.
- The Kamen Rider Gaim fanfics I shouldn't be alive, unless it was for a reason and Gone Cold Turkey, both are written by the same writer as Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations listed above, which is the backstory is based on. Word of God states that Micchy's first slow descent into alcoholism following the tragic events in the TV canon, albeit underage, is inspired from the Demon in a Bottle issue from the Iron Man comics; which explores the realistic portrayal of him of turning to the bottle and how he manages to recover.
- Zeroninety's Jem fanfics The Mess I'm In and Lasting Fame portray an older Kimber as a recovering alcoholic who has frequent problems with relapsing. She has barely talked with her sister Jerrica in years as a result (not helped by Jerrica's own issues with her identity). A factor to Kimber's alcoholism was her divorce with Sean.
- Arizona in Scary News out of Tokyo-3 gradually descends into addiction as impossible and disturbing events continue to pile up on him. He starts out in I Need a Freaking Drink territory, but his offhand references to what he's currently drinking grow more and more frequent; after a nervous breakdown that forces him into retirement, he does practically nothing but drink, and the quality and coherence of his posts vary wildly depending on whether or not he's sober at the time.
- Vaguely Recalling JoJo: Dio Brando during the Phantom Blood spoof, which is an exaggeration of Dio tasting alcohol and enjoying it during the scene where he tests the Stone Mask on a test subject.
- In The Undesirables, Lightning Dust has basically living in the bottle since she dropped out of the Wonderbolts Academy. However, after being recruited by Luna for her team, she's inspired to pull herself together, becoming more of a Functional Addict.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Drop Of Moonshine is comedic, however the backstory behind it is not. After banishing her sister to the moon Celestia began drinking the pain away to the point where she could barely function as princess. This led to ponies stopping the production of alcohol so that the princess would be forced to go cold turkey. Eventually Celestia straight up banned alcohol (and thus modern ponies don't know what alcohol or being drunk is). Celestia has been sober for over 900 years, though when Luna starts making moonshine she picks up on drinking again (albeit for fun). This leads to alcohol being legalized again in Equestria and reintroduced into society.
- Mercy in the Overwatch fanfic Break My Heart, Break Your Heart, stemming primarily from her guilt over her actions that turned Gabriel Reyes, the man she once loved, into Reaper.
- Forum of Thrones: After the reality of his poor life slowly hit him, Robb became this, especially after getting rejected by Harpy, the only woman he ever developed genuine feelings for.
- The Pieces Lie Where They Fell:
- Wind Breaker drinks a lot (but only enough to get buzzed, no more), and Night Blade, noticing this, fires him from a job for it during the former's Establishing Character Moment due to the laws against public intoxication. There's a legitimate reason for his drinking habit though - when he was a child, he couldn't stop from telling the truth and got into fights because of it, so his caretakers decided to give him alcohol to try and restrain his truth-telling. This happened when he was nine, and he hasn't been able to stop drinking since, though after earning his Element, he promises Applejack that he'll try and sober up and finally admits to himself and the others that he has a problem.
- An unnamed Earth Pony was this in Wind Breaker's background. It's explained that he drank enough that one day, he forgot he wasn't a pegasus and tried to fly, only to fall almost eighty feet straight down, shattering all four legs on impact and only surviving because of a combination of his natural durability and one of the unicorns below managing to cast a cushioning spell on the ground at the last minute - if not for both of these factors, he would have died on impact. Instead, he's alive and has been completely wheel bound ever since, the experience resulting in him sobering up for good.
- In My Huntsman Academia, Glynda Goodwitch is depicted as this to deal with her wacky, headache-inducing students and co-workers, downing an entire bottle of pricey Mistral Brandy every month to relax. She apparently once drank Qrow under the table.
- As per his MCU self, Tony Stark in Child of the Storm drinks a lot during the first book, even keeping a supply of alcohol in every lab. If he's not on caffeine, he's probably on alcohol. However, he does cut down on it somewhat once his daughter Ada is born and he has a role model to set.
- Ratigan's henchman Bartholomew from The Great Mouse Detective. In his short amount of screentime he's already drunk the first time we see him and he's sad which he runs out of his beverage, then when Ratigan pours champagne into his fountain he immediately runs over to drink from it, ultimately his intoxicated state leads to his demise— he accidentally calls Ratigan a rat (which Ratigan hates) and is fed to his pet cat.
- King Stephen's minstrel from Sleeping Beauty while entertaining and serving King Stephen and Hubert he sneaks drinks of their wine, and sneaks more any chance he gets. It gets to the point where he fills his lute with the wine and eventually passes out from intoxication.
- Uncle Waldo from The Aristocats. He is first seen being chased out of a restaurant as an attempt to avoid being killed and eaten as part of a dish called "Prime Country Goose a la Provençale" that apparently involved him being "stuffed with chestnuts and basted in white wine." And because of the latter, Uncle Waldo actually became extremely drunk as a result of this. While it may not seem to be an example (after all, he may have been forced to drink it), he clearly ingested enough for one of the cats to lampshade it, and he even notes that he has a preference. Later on, near the end of the movie, he's in 'Everyone Wants to Be a Cat,' and either he's still drunk... or he's found something else.
- Evelyn of Incredibles 2 is implied to be alcoholic. She has a permanently disheveled appearance and several of her scenes involve her drinking.
- Arthur Housman played this role almost exclusively throughout his career, appearing alongside a number of popular comedy actors, including Laurel And Hardy. According to Stan Laurel, Housman was an alcoholic, but his on-camera performances were always true performances. He was never drunk on the set.
- Doing Time on Maple Drive: Tim is this, to cope with his father's perfectionism and disappointment in him for flunking out of the military academy.
- The Lost Weekend (1944) is possibly the first Hollywood film to treat the main character's alcoholism in anything resembling a realistic way. It was initially supposed to be about a man who took to drink after realizing he is gay, but had to be Bowdlerized.
- The Strange Love of Martha Ivers: Walter can't bear the burden of sending an innocent man to the gallows and the fact that Martha doesn't love him, so he drinks.
- In Blazing Saddles, Jim, the Waco Kid. He gets better. Gig Young was originally cast in the role, but his real-life alcoholism led to him being fired after one day on set, where, according to Mel Brooks on the commentary track, he had the shakes constantly. Some of the reverse angle shots of the Sheriff coming to wake the Kid were shot with Young there.
- Uncle Tadpole in Bran Nue Dae, evidenced when he spends Willy's last few dollars on booze, forcing them to hitchhike a very long distance. Don't really see him drinking again after that incident though.
- Jack Torrance from The Shining. Tried to stay on the wagon but the haunted hotel kept throwing him parties with ghost booze that worked like the real stuff.
- In The Return of Captain Invincible, this is Captain Invincible's super-weakness, to the point that it gets exploited in song by Christopher Lee! It is, however, completely played straight. In a parody of different ages of superheroes, Captain Invincible made the transition by getting betrayed by the people he helped and running away. Years pass in an alcoholic stupor and he returns Darker and Edgier with a tendency to drink himself catatonic.
- Blade Runner: Deckard, as a futuristic Defective Detective, has a sty of a home filled with booze.
- Iron Man 2: Tony Stark. Apparently kills the pain of palladium poisoning. Anton Vanko is also implied to have been one, with his "20-year-vodka-filled-rage" destroying himself and his son Ivan.
- Thor: Ragnarok: Valkyrie, who drinks to forget the fact that Hela killed her fellow Valkyries, leaving her as the Last of Her Kind.
Valkyrie: Look, Ive spent years in a haze, trying to forget my past. Sakaar seemed like the best place to drink and forget, and to die one day.
Thor: I was thinking that you drink too much, and that probably was going to kill you.
Valkyrie: I dont plan to stop drinking.
- The lead couple in Days of Wine and Roses. When they meet, she won't touch the stuff, but then he finds an alcoholic drink she likes (he already has a bit of a problem). By the end of the movie, they've both hit bottom. He dries out, but she doesn't.
- Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas is purposefully drinking himself to death.
- In the Bleak Midwinter featured Carnforth Greville, an actor frequently seen leaving rehearsal under various suspicious pretexts.
Carnforth Greville: Chaps, I'm just dipping down to the... post office for a quick... stamp.
- Laurie Strode in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later has become quite the alcoholic. Though, considering who her brother is, who can blame her?
- Holland March in The Nice Guys is a "functioning" alcoholic. And, by the end of the film, it appears that Healy has fallen off the wagon as well.
- In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Doctor Parnassus has kept himself perpetually blotto ever since the death of his wife.
- Eddie (Walter Brennan) in To Have and Have Not. He may be a rummy but he's a loyal, (fairly) brave rummy.
- In Khalnayak, Ballu's Mommy Issues have led to him becoming this.
- If Dean Martin is in a film without Jerry Lewis, Martin is probably playing one of these. "Dude" in Rio Bravo is just one of many examples.
- Gary King from The World's End. Everyone else sees how harmful his binge drinking is, although he sees it all as a bit of fun and seems to be in denial. Gary is still in the teenage mindset of alcohol making you an adult. He's stopped drinking by the end of the film.
- Ned in Holiday is permanently drunk or hung-over.
- Parodied in Airplane!. Ted Striker has a "drinking problem", by which he means he always misses his mouth.
- Skid in Swing High, Swing Low. He's okay when he's with Maggie, but once she's gone, he's completely lost in drink.
- Woody from Nebraska. His son David tries to point this out to him but he refuses to listen to him. It's later revealed to be a result of his time in the Korean War, having been shot down while being transferred
- Nick Halsey in Everything Must Go is a very realistic and self-destructive portrayal.
- Non-Stop: Air Marshal Marks, by his own admission. This is also one of the reasons the terrorists chose a flight he was on, figuring an alcoholic wouldn't be able to stop them.
- Viktor Cherevin, the Big Bad of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is revealed to be this. It's also one of the reasons why he's dying.
- Sarah Packard of The Hustler, who drinks almost constantly to dull the pain of being a Broken Bird.
- Lawrence comes off as this in The Wolfman (2010). Played pretty straight in the book adaptation of the movie.
- Would You Rather: Conway (John Heard) is a recovered alcoholic — but Affably Evil host Shep Lambrick challenges him to drink a glass of wine for $10,000 — or an entire decanter of top-shelf Scotch in exchange for $50,000. Conway eventually opts for the Scotch.
- X-Men Film Series:
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: The younger Charles Xavier has been a drunk for the past decade by the time Logan meets him.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: Ms. Maximoff is a heavy drinker because she's holding a glass of what appears to be whiskey in the middle of the day. She also took a sip of alcohol during daytime in The Rogue Cut.
- Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a fairly realistic example, played for all the drama it's worth: He turned to drinking some time after his brother was murdered by a toon, who'd dropped a piano on the poor guy. If some of the comments made by minor characters are to be believed, he prefers whiskey.
- In Anamorph, Detective Aubrey doctors all of his drinks with alcohol when he thinks no one is looking.
- Mike in Coherence. His wife mentioned that his drinking problem destroyed his career in showbiz.
- Jimmy Blake (played by Dean Martin) in The Cannonball Run movies. He is seldom seen without a drink in his hand — even while driving — and the race organizer describes him and his partner Fenderbaum (Sammy Davis, Jr.) as more juiced-up than their Ferrari.
- Donna Stern in Obvious Child almost, dare I say it, made alcoholism adorable in Obvious Child, despite it undeniably contributing to how the film's principal dilemma happened in the first place. Also a subversion of Wine Is Classy, as Donna is all about getting the most affordable Pinot she can get her hands on.
- Miss Hannigan is one in Annie, and it's largely Played for Laughs. She spends the majority of the movie in her cups. Pepper, the cynical oldest foster kid, makes fun of her for it.
- Nathan from Ex Machina regularly binges on alcohol and is frequently seen passed out or hungover in the morning. It may actually have been part of his Obfuscating Stupidity to make Caleb underestimate him. This comes back to bite him when Caleb uses it to steal his key card and reprogram the power loss protocols to set Ava free.
- Norman from A Star Is Born already had alcoholic tendencies however as his acting career begins to fail and his wife becomes increasingly popular he takes more to alcohol. In the 50s incarnation he even first meets Esther while drunk and acting out at a benefit. One memorable moment has him ruining her receiving an award by walking up on stage in a drunkard stupor and giving an awkward speech. His alcoholism is a major factor in his famous Suicide by Sea.
- Jane from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? drinks heavily and is drunk in quite a few scenes. This was brought on due to wanting to relive her life as a child star and due to having to take care of the sister she left wheelchair bound.
- The Hunger Games: Haymitch became a drunk to cope with his PTSD and survivor guilt after winning his hunger game.
- Cruel and Unusual: Doris was this while alive, so much that at times she couldn't get herself out of bed. It eventually led to her suicide.
- Schindler's List: Schindler is an insatiable womanizer and drinker. He uses this to his advantage by taking Nazi officers out to bars and getting them drunk while he remains level-headed and able to exploit them. This was Truth in Television, as the real Schindler was noted to have a nearly superhuman tolerance for alcohol.
- In T2 Trainspotting, a brief appearance by an alchoholic who turns out to be Begbie's dad.
- The World of Kanako: Main protagonist Akikazu drinks a lot, to the point where he completely loses control and beats up whoever he gets his hands on (most notably his family). He's implied to have been a heavy drinker for many years.
- A downplayed example in Ingrid Goes West, but Ezra is drinking in nearly every scene he's in to help cope with his artistic inability and his wife's vapidity. He doesn't show the general tropes of being an alcoholic however.
- Billy in The War Wagon. Lomax finds drunk under a verandah, and Taw goes to some length to ensure that he can't get anything stronger than cowboy coffee in the lead-up to The Heist. Most of the gang, and especially Lomax, aren't keen on the idea of someone with shaky hands handling nitroglycerine.
- In Sunset, Michael Alperin is a lush who beats up women when he is drunk.
- Arthur: Arthur Bach is one of the last functioning "funny drunk" examples of this trope before changing attitudes towards alcohol use in The '80s made such portrayals come off as in bad taste. His near-constant drinking is a symptom of his Lonely Rich Kid / Manchild nature; while it is mostly for pleasure (he's Fun Personified), some of it does have more serious motivations — he tells his valet that he's not going to go to a meeting with his humorless father sober. He is capable of completely abstaining from alcohol while he tends to said valet, who is dying, but he does sink into a bout of Drowning My Sorrows afterward. At one point, his valet points out that he can afford to be an eccentric drunk because he's so wealthy; otherwise he'd be a typical gutter drunk. With that in mind, in the sequel Arthur 2: On the Rocks as he goes from Riches to Rags his alcoholism becomes much more of a problem, and part of earning his happy ending is finally getting on the wagon on a long-term basis. The 2011 remake of the original film also treats his situation more seriously, with Arthur being pushed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
- Let There Be Light (2017): Harkens prior to his conversion. In fact drunk-driving is what leads to this, since he crashes and undergoes a near death experience which convinces him God is real.
- In Written on the Wind, Kyle drinks so much that Mitch points out when he's more or less sober, for once.
- Smoky Callaway from Callaway Went Thataway is a Western actor whose popularity skyrocketed when his shorts were put on television. The real Smoky lives as an alcoholic womanizer so, when no one is able to contact him, it's opted to use a younger lookalike instead.
- The Wakecliff family in A Brother's Price had some very bad and rather suspicious times. A family of fifty-eight all died within one season. Eldest Wakecliff, the head of the family, took to drinking heavily and later died of alcohol poisoning after going on a binge when she heard about six of her kin dying in a carriage accident.
- Twilight of the Red Tsar: Mao descends into rampant alcoholism after being forced out of power by the Chinese Politburo due to his insistence on continuing the Sino-Soviet war.
- A relatable example with Kyle Griffin, the protagonist of The Impairment where he turns to booze to help lower the stress he feels after being framed for the murder of his roommate by an extra-terrestrial. Needless to say, it's not much of a comfort as that's where all the trouble always starts.
- Huckleberry Finn's dad in both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- Muff Potter as well. Injun Joe uses this to his advantage and frames him for murder, and because Muff was too drunk to remember what happened, he can't disprove it.
- Several characters from A Song of Ice and Fire. King Robert Baratheon spends as much time as he can with a comfortable buzz... mainly because he's depressed as hell, and it's his way of coping. It bites him in a number of ways. Cersei becomes one over the course of the series, which is part of the reason Jaime finds her increasingly repulsive. Sandor Clegane has long been one, and even in the second book is rarely seen sober; in the third book, he basically wanders around getting drunk when and wherever possible (with a ten-year-old in tow, no less). It's his downfall. Turns out it's kind of hard to fight when you're that drunk. There's Tyrion Lannister, who is a high functioning version of this, and is always looking for more wine. But, as the series illustrates, the more drunk you are, the better your chances of catching the Idiot Ball, even if you don't go full-on Alcohol-Induced Idiocy. Even you, Tyrion.
- Dragon Queen: the old man drinks enough to knock himself out in his first appearance.
- Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities, which, despite being one of his many fall-backs, a drink or two
or twentycauses him to work more efficiently.
- Renzo Leoni in A Thread of Grace occasionally gets so drunk that he'll pass out in the bed of a strange woman and has to check the fabric of his clothes and the class of woman to remind himself which fake identity he had adopted the night before. He's still a charismatic and effective resistance leader.
- Johnny Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
- Played for cynical effect in The Black Cat. An alcoholic protagonist kills his black cat in an insane manner, and later kills his wife when he's hunting for another black cat with little to no remorse.
- In Devdas, the eponymous character relies too much on Drowning My Sorrows after his childhood friend Paro gets married to someone else (because of Parental Marriage Veto concerning their social classes), and becomes this. It leads to his demise, right at Paro's doorstep, and she's not even allowed to go see him.
- In Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
- Sam Vimes is a recovering alcoholic, though he objects to the term (he was a drunk, he wasn't rich enough to be an alcoholic), partly because he is so cynical that his natural blood alcohol is negative and he needs a stiff double to count as sober. Also kind of a case of Never Live It Down, since his history of drunkenness has been used by the nobles of Ankh-Morpork to try to frame him for poisoning Lord Vetinari and by Stratford to get him drunk enough to pass out so he, Stratford, can murder Vimes' son. In both cases, Vimes saw what was being planned, and either poured out the booze on the carpet or had his manservant substitute the drink for a "virgin" version.
- This is perhaps the natural state of the Ramkin patriarchs, as described in Snuff. Antics like drunkenly handing out lavish (if occasionally red-hot) tips and swilling a cask of sherry in public after winning a bet earned them an odd sort of respect from their servants, of the "our drunk old lord can beat your drunk old lord in a drinking contest" variety.
- In The Girl Who Would Be King, Lola's mother Delia was an alcoholic. Over the course of the novel, Lola ends up becoming an alcoholic herself.
- Harry Hole, the protagonist in a series of crime thrillers by Norwegian Jo Nesbø. A detective in the Oslo Police Department, Harry is usually tolerated by his superiors and colleagues despite his habitual alcoholism and unorthodox methods because he is a brilliant detective.
- Harry Potter:
- Winky the house elf, who, being an elf, gets drunk on butterbeer.
- And Professor Trelawney with her cooking sherry.
- Hagrid is heavily implied to be one. He swears at least once that he'll never drink again (it doesn't take), and the trio end up taking care of him more than vice versa.
- It is implied that Sirius has a drinking problem in Order of the Phoenix.
- David and Simon from Haunted (1988). The former had cleaned up in the film version.
- The Hunger Games gives us Haymitch, who is perpetually shown drunk or at least mildly intoxicated, largely an effect of the horrors the Hunger Games he competed in. He is an alcoholic to the point where the main characters worry about him after police shut down the local liquor brewers.
- Jakub Wędrowycz stories: Jakub, as well as pretty much everyone in his home village, this being set in Poland. Yet they don't seem to be intoxicated very often, or at least not strongly enough to decrease their Badass Grandpa abilities.
- Bertie's Uncle George in Jeeves and Wooster "discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of modern medical thought." Occasionally "his liver lodges a formal protest" and he goes to a healing center to get cleaned up, only to go back to drinking as soon as he returns to London.
- In Expendable, former Explorer Phylar Tobit is an alcoholic. Festina is disgusted by him, but also secretly feels somewhat envious. All Explorers receive psychological conditioning to make them fastidiously clean and tidy; in becoming a stinking drunkard, Phylar has managed to overcome that programming and in a way beat the system.
- Grantaire in Les Misérables almost always had a bottle in his hand, and actually sleeps through the final battle because he's passed out from alcohol.
- The Man Who Fell to Earth: Thomas Jerome Newton is an Alien Among Us who becomes one over the course of the work.
- Nevada: The main character drinks as a coping mechanism for her failing love life and her gender dysphoria.
- Cat from the Night Huntress books has high alcohol tolerance, and drinks gin like water. She also needs a freaking drink more often than is really healthy; Bones comments that her gin bottle is like a security blanket for her.
- The Reynard Cycle: Bruin has a drinking problem, and tends to turn into a Berseker when he's had too much. He tends to drink before battle to take advantage of this.
- Richard Lopez of Ship Breaker is an extreme alcoholic, who is almost constantly drunk. Of course he's also a drug-addicted Archnemesis Dad and an Axe-Crazy sociopath so this is honestly the least of his problems.
- Stag Preston in Spider Kiss, and it just makes his other negative traits that much worse.
- Kurak in the Star Trek: Klingon Empire novels. At one point, she refuses to believe that she has alcohol poisoning, because as far as she's concerned alcohol is only a poison to "weak" races such as humans. Usually Klingon physiology fights off the negative effects of alcohol, but she'd consumed so much that even Klingon biology couldn't cope.
- Arthur's mother in Theatrica who falls of a roof, piss drunk, and dies.
- 1st Sgt. Welsh in The Thin Red Line, possibly due to the stress of his job.
- Athos of The Three Musketeers is almost always Drowning His Sorrows, but Never Gets Drunk (or at least doesn't show it).
- Margo's father in Time Scout. He's the sort who's drinking away his troubles due to the death of an infant child.
- Sam Houston in Trail of Glory is shown as a high-functioning alcoholic, which he also was in real life.
- Second Prize in Trainspotting spends the majority of the book intoxicated, often putting his junkie mates to shame through his Alcohol Induced Stupidity.
- Charles Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski. Most of Bukowski's novels are autobiographical, so it's pretty obvious that he really enjoyed beer by the bucketful.
- Several of Marian Keyes's novels feature alcoholics, such as Lucy's father and her boyfriend Gus in Lucy Sullivan is getting married and of course the alcoholics in the treatment centre in Rachel's Holiday.
- Several Stephen King protagonists (especially the writers), have this particular affliction, most notably Jack Torrance from The Shining (also Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep) and Jim Gardener from The Tommyknockers. King himself went through alcoholism and recovery during the course of his career, so that's not too surprising. Ironically, many people think he wrote better books before he stopped drinking. In his memoirs, King himself denies that there's any relationship between being a good writer and being an alcoholic. He mentions in his memoirs that he has no recollection of writing Cujo — that was one pretty impressive bender there.
- The Last Full Measure references Ulysses S. Grant's previous alcoholism and explains its origins. He's shown almost going Off the Wagon after the disastrous assault on Cold Harbor, but one of his aides intervenes. General Ledlie also appears and gets no sympathy, since his inebriation in two battles resulted in disaster for his men.
- Arthur Huntingdon in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, to the point that it ends up killing him before he's forty.
- Runge Margavo from the sci-fi anthology Riesel Tales: Two Hunters loves his alcohol, though he doesn't usually take his addiction to absurd levels.
- The ditzy popstar Cherry Pye in Carl Hiaasen 's book Star Island drinks constantly and to excess, often resulting in a disastrous aftermath, like Axl Rose headed zebra tattoos, which must be cleaned up by her handlers.
- The mugger in The Man Who Controlled Metal is a completely unrepentant drunk. Until he gets scared straight, anyway.
- August from Of Fear and Faith is a recovering alcoholic and the stress from his bouts with The Legions of Hell occasionally drives him back to the bottle. Despite some close calls, he's yet to fall off the wagon however.
- Cithrin in The Dagger and the Coin becomes this by the end of the first book, which is especially distressing when you consider just how young she is.
- Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy, is addicted to alcohol, played with in that it's more to block out spirit.
- In The Godfather a doctor is talking to a friend of Johhny Fontaine, telling the man that if he doesn't cut out the smoking and drinking he'll be dead in five years. The man gives off an apparently horrified reaction as he says, "My God! Doc, are you serious? I'll be dead in five years? You mean it's going to take that long?
- Frank Browning in the Ahriman Trilogy is the sad variety, drinking to forget the horrible things he's seen.
- Journey to Chaos: Giji Mesh is a regular at "The Full Mug" and inevitably becomes rowdy after drinking herself into a stupor. At that point, her lieutenant takes her home.
- Ahmed in Midnight's Children. After purchasing Methwold's estate, he becomes a bit too attached to the English wine cabinet, and starts "warring with djinns". This eventually makes him very delusional.
- In Apathy and Other Small Victories, Shane is almost completely unable to deal with the rest of the world without getting blitzed out of his mind.
- Hunn Raal, from the Kharkanas Trilogy, who is one of the commanders in Urusander's Legion. Nobody likes him and his constant drinking makes everyone think he's a useless fool. Evidence shows it's Obfuscating Stupidity.
- In Guns of the Dawn, Father Burnloft, the priest attached to the army in which Emily is sent to serve, is habitually drunk. It may simply be a consequence of all the death he's seen, but soldiers who've seen just as much and now have to listen to him stagger through the funeral service for their dead comrades don't necessarily have much sympathy.
- In Under the Dome, Sloppy Sam Verdreau fits this trope. He's almost constantly drunk, and although he's fairly functional, this proves to be his downfall by making him more susceptible to the machinations of more villainous characters.
- In Addicted, Loren and Jonathan Hale are both alcoholics, along with Ryke Meadows in the past. Loren recovers eventually.
- Terry Lennox in the Philip Marlowe novel The Long Goodbye. And Roger Wade. And, arguably, Marlowe himself.
- Eren dom Hastrell of The Witchlands is drunk most of the time, having descended into alcoholism after he was dishonorably discharged from the Elite Army he used to be a part of. Or so he wants everyone to think.
- In Lawrence Block's thriller Ariel (Block), David, Ariel's father, is a functioning one of these. His portrayal is partly based on Block's own.
- In Light A Penny Candle, Tony gets drunk on his wedding night, and passes out before the marriage can be consumated. He's also frequently drunk, and when Aisling finally confronts him about it, he hits her in a violent rage. He ends up dying in a nursing home from liver failure.
- In Madicken, Abbe's father spends most of his time drinking or sleeping, which puts a lot of stress on his wife. He's a much more sympathetic character though than many other examples of this trope, because he's a genuinely kind man at heart.
- The Silerian Trilogy: Ronall, Elelar's husband, is a hopeless drunk and drug addict. He only sobers up when imprisoned by the Valdani, and the withdrawal was apparently quite hard on him. The very first thing he does after being released is go get drunk once again.
- Big Blonde:
- Hazel becomes an alcoholic early into the story. Originally she couldn't stand the taste of liquor but her alcoholic husband encouraged her to drink with him. By the time her husband leaves her she's an alcoholic who drinks several times a day and can't stand to be sober.
- Many of Hazel's friends and lovers are drinkers. Most notable is her husband Herbie. She thought his drinking was funny at first however she soon began to become annoyed by it. This, combined with Hazel's depression, annoyed Herbie which kept him at an arm's distance from her.
- Lucky's owner in Survivors was an alcoholic who beat him up. As a puppy, he ran out the door and has since been turned off from being anyone's pet.
- Family Ties had a second-season episode "Say Uncle," where Special Guest Tom Hanks plays Elyse's brother, Ned Donnelly. Unemployed since he was fired for embezzling millions from his previous company (to prevent the layoff of 1,800 co-workers) and unable to find work note , Ned — already a steady drinker — becomes a hardened, full-blown alcoholic by the time he arrives at the Keatons, staying with them after he gets a job interview at the PBS station (where Steven is station manager) for a reporting and economic analyst's job. Things spiral out of control during the episode:
- Ned stays up all night drinking, at one point, desperately rummaging through the pantry to find anything with alcohol
- He gets upset at Alex and threatens him after he declines his help studying for an important test. Ned blames Alex for him considering him "not being good enough" to provide help, although Alex (already assuring him he could manage fine) is clearly uncomfortable asking someone who is drunk for help.
- Still drunk the next morning, Ned non-chalantly drinks a screwdriver for breakfast, concerning Elyse.
- Drunk for the interview, Ned makes a complete fool out of himself, angering the station owner and embarrassing Steven, who had made special arrangements to set up the interview and custom-made position for Ned.
- That night, Steven tells Ned point blank that he is an alcoholic and is in need of professional help, but Ned is resigned to his fate as a hopeless, unemployed drunken loser. When Alex tries to reassure him that he's not finished yet, the two get into a fight and Ned punches him. That seems to shock him into realizing he needs to confront his demons head on ... now.
- Our Miss Brooks: Two examples, one real, one fake.
- "The Loaded Custodians": The former custodian Mr. Jensen was said to have been dismissed for drunkenness. Curiously, in his few radio appearances (i.e. "Key to the School", "School Safety Adviser"), Mr. Jensen isn't a drunk. His main idiosyncrasy is that he's extremely Literal-Minded.
- "Cure That Habit": Walter Denton plays a prank, sending a postcard in Mr. Conklin's name to the titular agency. The Head of the Board of Education, Mr. Stone, hears of it and comes to see his supposedly drunken principal. Hilarity Ensues as Mr. Conklin is suffering from an unfortunate case of the hiccups, having pets mistakenly placed in his office, and being spun around in a chair.
- WKRP in Cincinnati:
- Played for Laughs with Dr. Johnny Fever who has abused his body with drugs and alcohol for decades, culminating in an on-air sobriety test with a state trooper where his reflexes get better with every drink he takes, to the great ire of the trooper.
- Played seriously with Herb Tarlek who is shown to have a very serious drinking problem that almost destroys his family and career.
- Little House on the Prairie: Various one-time characters were alcoholics, and the consequences associated with their drinking would always be played seriously. However, the one where it was played most dramatically was Isaiah Edwards, the Ingalls' long-time friend and confidant. Early in the series (and hinted at in the pilot movie as well), Edwards is a drifter who consumes alcohol in large quantities, all to drown the sorrows of losing his wife and daughter from smallpox. Thanks to the Ingalls, Edwards is able to sober up — or in the very least keep his drinking under control while he becomes a family man and somewhat successful farmer, and later a logging tycoon. However, during Season 8, John Jr. dies under mysterious circumstances, and while Mr. Edwards is deeply in grief, when he learns the truth about his eldest son's death he was killed by a corrupt businessman whom newspaper reporter John Jr. was about to expose as a crook — he falls off the wagon, destroying his family and business in the process... and it nearly also destroys his bond with the Ingalls. Only with the help of God and the Rev. Alden (himself a recovering alcoholic) does Mr. Edwards find resolve to go on without the bottle and face his demons head on.
- Babylon 5:
- Garibaldi; for most of the series, he avoids alcohol, except for a couple of occasions where he is either drowning his sorrows or falling Off the Wagon due to intense job stress. Overall, through the course of five years, we only see it happen twice (albeit one occasion had it happen for half of season five, but some say that season never happened anyways.
- Londo Mollari is almost never seen drinking anything that isn't alcoholic, and he spends most of the first season at bars, strip clubs, and casinos. It actually helps him later on when he's infected with a Keeper, which has a lower alcohol tolerance than he does.
- White Collar gives us an interesting subversion. Mozzie takes immense pleasure in diminishing Neal's wine supply on a regular basis. He has a drink in his hand in pretty much every other scene. Unlike many of his alcohol-loving counterparts from other shows, however, Mozzie can hold his liquor (or in his case, wine) with no problem. Only one episode shows him getting drunk, and that was justified, given that he was helping Neal with a case where they had to counterfeit a bottle of whiskey.
- Battlestar Galactica: Both Saul Tigh and his wife Ellen, especially in proximity to one another though his biggest bout of drinking was on Galactica after he was forced to kill her on New Caprica. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is also referred to as a (very high-functioning) alcoholic both by other characters (there are repeated references to "not needing another Tigh onboard") and by the actress portraying her (Katee Sackhoff is quoted saying that Starbuck "drinks most of her calories").
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Penny is pretty well stated as having a difficult relationship with alcohol, binge drinking whenever sad or upset. When Leonard's mom, a cold psychiatrist, first came to visit she quickly psychoanalyzed Penny's insecurities and all the childhood issues Leonard had came to the forefront. Needless to say when Leonard was considering "turning to alcoholism as a career path" he visited Penny, who was all ready for downing shots. In the first half of season five it's implied Penny was depressed over her... complicated... relationship with Leonard and thus showed her to be drinking more often.
- Raj didn't drink before the series began, but mid-season one learned that he is able to overcome his "can't talk to women" issues with a bit of a buzz. For the most part he manages okay, but being introduced to alcohol gave way to occasional problems with it. He eventually learns that he can drink non-alcoholic beer and get the same effect, so long as he believes the drink had alcohol.
- Lucille from Arrested Development. She's rarely ever seen without a drink in hand. At one point, her rival Kitty challenges her to a drink-off. Lucille promptly grabs a glass of wine, downs it, and casually says "That one doesn't count."
- Victor from German crime comedy Dr. Psycho. It is the main thing he and psychiatrist Max clash about, but after someone gets shot while Victor is drunk on duty, his police colleagues chime in with Max as well.
- General Hospital:
- Dr. Noah Drake, who was Put on a Bus for many years, returned to the show as a Shell-Shocked Veteran with a drinking problem.
- Luke Spencer has been drinking non-stop for years and years. It only became a full-blown problem when he ran over his grandson.
- Add A.J. Quartermaine to the list, because of his drinking he's wiped his brother's memory, lost his child and his mind, and had to fake his death.
- Nate Ford on Leverage. "Are we still unclear? I'm a functioning alcoholic, you know? And the trick is not to get hung up on the alcoholic but celebrate the function part of the sentence.". When the crew relocate after season one, they comment on the fact that Nate took an apartment that's just upstairs from a Bar.
- Jeff on Chuck. Although in the final season, it was revealed that his constant state of stupor was caused by routinely sleeping in his car with the motor running, and once he stopped doing that, he became incredibly lucid.
- Jack Shephard after he left the Island on Lost; also Frank used to be one.
- Tommy Gavin on Rescue Me has a decidedly volatile relationship with the bottle (specifically whiskey), as do many other characters.
- Fun Bobby, an occasional boyfriend of Monica's in Friends. Alcohol was what made him entertaining. When he quit drinking, Monica started upping her alcohol intake to cope with his stories about shoelaces.
- Mad Men:
- Herman "Duck" Philips from is a recovering alcoholic. Until, that is, Season 2's "Maidenform," when he falls Off the Wagon in the middle of his nasty divorce. While somewhat sympathetic and under control at first, the liquor gets the best of him, and by Season 4's "The Suitcase," he is a raging alcoholic and a massive dick, too.
- Freddy Rumsen, who once gets so drunk at work that he passes out and pees himself during a pitch to Samsonite. Naturally, he's fired (which doesn't do anything for his sobriety) and Peggy inherits his office (much to her chagrin, as Rumsen had been the first to notice her talent for copywriting) and his legendary office stash of booze.
After this incident, Rumsen was Put on a Bus until Season 4, when he shows up again, a member of AA. Roger Sterling has come to hate going out with Rumsen for this very reason, as he apparently thinks Freddy is a bit holier-than-thou about it.
- While Don Draper has been drinking like a fish since the beginning, he was never shown as really drunk (lubricated perhaps, but never hammered) until Season 4 (in the wake of his divorce from Betty). After that, he's depicted as being sloshed at least every other episode, even to the point of puking in "The Suitcase." At this point, it's fairly clear that we are witnessing Don Draper's Slow Descent Into Alcoholism.
- Sam Malone on Cheers is a recovering one.
- Kitty Forman on That '70s Show, although not so much early on in the series. Later as she goes through menopause it becomes a running joke.
- Father Ted: Father Jack Hackett knows four words: "Girls!", "Arse!", "Feck!", "Drink!". Without regular supplies of the fourth one he gets peppery. He's been known to drink Toilet Duck and floor polish when he's run out, the latter of which temporarily killed him and Ted notes during Lent that he hasn't been sober in over a decade.
- Bernard Black from Black Books, and to a lesser extent Fran, are seen drinking all the time. Bernard appears to drink at all hours of the day.
- Everyone from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so much so that when one of the characters thinks to put boxed wine in soda cans for public consumption, everyone thinks it's a great idea. A later episode had them quarantined without alcohol, thinking they all had an infectious disease but eventually realising they were going into alcohol withdrawal. An even later episode has Mac suggest that they drink mouthwash while on a dry cruise "to stave off the shakes".
- Eddie of Bottom, who cheerfully drinks Old Spice, cooking oil, and bleach. Note to reader: Only one of these things actually contains alcohol, and only one of these things is supposed to be edible. They are not the same thing.
Richie: What's in this?!Eddie: Brandy...Richie: Good!Eddie: Meths, pernod, paintstripper, Mr. Sheen, brake fluid and Drambuie!Richie: [sarcastically with an effeminate voice and camp gesture] Drambuie?! Oooh hoo-hoo hoo-hoo!Eddie: Yeah, yeah, yeah, alright! You've gotta put something in for the birds, haven't you?Richie: [takes a whiff] Jesus! How are you alive?Eddie: I may very well NOT be.
- Ned The Wino on Good Times and Woodrow Anderson on Sanford and Son: they were played by the same person.
- Keith develops a drinking problem, despondent over the loss of his football career and inability to find a decent job. He has a Heel Realization after slapping Thelma in a drunken rage.
- Jim Lahey's defining character trait in Trailer Park Boys, getting progressively worse as the series continues. He's not the only example, either. At one point, Ray was desperate enough to pull the copper pipes from his walls to sell for booze money, and he always has prodigious stacks of empties lying around. Julian is rarely seen without a rum and Coke in his hand. Ricky never misses an occasion to get drunk, either.
- This is one of Ted Altman's many personality flaws on Intelligence. Rarely does an episode go by that he is not seen drinking, even once.
- Every one of the Riggins men in Friday Night Lights . Dad Walt Riggins and his sons Billy and Tim are all frequently shown drunk, drinking or hungover.
- The Wire: Jimmy McNulty. He lays off in season four as he gets his act together, but falls off the wagon again in season five. Bunk, his drinking partner, is also something of a Mr. Vice Guy - McNulty has to bail him out of trouble more than once, but it's pretty clear which of them is the most self-destructive. McNulty is indirectly called a "high-functioning alcoholic" by the FBI guys profiling his fake serial killer] in season five.
- Almost the entire cast, but especially Hawkeye, due to the constant suffering they have to deal with. Fortunately they're all functional enough to still be an excellent M*A*S*H unit. In one episode, Hawk manages to kick drinking for a while, but admits that he needs alcohol to get by, and he relapses by the next episode.
- One episode has one of Margaret's old drinking buddies join the nursing staff. When she shows up to the OR drunk, she gets Nailed To The Wagon, promising not to drink. A few days later, delirium tremens hits when she's in a crowded mess tent; Colonel Potter recognizes the symptoms, gets her to the recovery tent immediately for proper treatment, and admonishes Margaret for making her quit cold turkey.
- Game of Thrones:
Margaery: I wish we had some wine [for you]. It's a bit early in the day for us.
- Robert Baratheon has fallen deep into alcoholism and is often seen with a drink in hand, which eventually leads to his death. In one memorable scene, he discusses the state of the Seven Kingdoms with Cersei, saying that every powerful man in Westeros has a different agenda. When Cersei asks him what he wants, Robert simply holds up his goblet of wine.
- Like her late husband, Cersei shows an increasing fondness for wine throughout the series as there are an increasing number of scenes where she has a cup close to hand, and she notably gets quite drunk during the Battle of Blackwater. In the books, this trait is because as Queen Regent she increasingly turns to drink while crumbling under the pressure of ruling seven kingdoms and politicking the great and good of the royal court to keep her children safe. Jaime mentions it in "Two Swords" and Margaery uses it as a barb in their Politeness Judo in "High Sparrow".
Tyrion: It's not easy being drunk all the time. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
- Tyrion is definitely a very high-functioning example, since he is almost never seen without some kind of booze at hand. Tywin is particularly annoyed by this and tends to withhold wine during their interactions. Recent events put Tyrion into full-blown Drowning My Sorrows early in Season 5. Varys tries to keep him functional, as the first thing Tyrion does when he gets out of the crate in which he crossed over to Essos is grab a bottle of wine and drink until he pukes. Daenerys quickly picks up on it and criticizes him and starts restricting his drinking, but in Season 6 there are literally only a couple of scenes in which he appears without a glass or decanter of wine nearby. Between Cersei and Tyrion, it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. In the books, other Lannisters from (relatively recent) Westerosi history would also stand as evidence of this genetic predisposition, such as Lord Tytos Lannister, Tywin and Kevin's father. This may go a long way in explaining why Tywin has such a grudge against it. By the time he returns to Westeros, though, he largely seemed to have kicked the habit or reduced it dramatically.
- Ser Dontos Hollard shows up to a tourney so drunk he struggles to pick up his own helmet.
- The Hound's drinking is somewhat toned down, but he still needs a freaking drink during the Battle of Blackwater, is captured by the Brotherhood after drinking himself into a stupor, and pounds back Polliver's ale before their confrontation.
- Thoros of Myr is an unabashedly self-aware one, even referring to himself as "only the drunk who says the prayers."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A significant portion of Xander's family are either directly stated or implied to be alcoholic. Of course, being the Butt-Monkey, he's sort of contractually obligated to have a family of drunken assholes. Who are implied to be even more unpleasant.
- Angel: The term is never overtly used but while all the characters have a reason to drown their sorrows mid-series, Wesley is the one who doesn't stop. The latter half of series 5 has the gang mentioning with increasing frequency just how heavily Wesley is drinking. It's also implied that Wesley's fully aware it's becoming a problem.
- In Community, Shirley's backstory before she came to Greendale is shown to be partly this trope.
- Dave Attell in Insomniac with Dave Attell always managed to hit several bars in one night no matter the town, usually drinking beer and shots of Jagermeister.
- Adam on Girls is a recovering alcoholic who has been attending AA meetings since age 17.
- While never explicitly stated, Star Trek has two likely examples:
- Scotty's solution to distracting an alien that takes over the ship in the episode "By Any Other Name" is to have a drinking contest with him, during which it's shown that he hides booze in his quarters. Upon finding himself in the 24th century, one of the first things he does is find Ten-Forward (Enterprise's bar) and berate the bartender for serving poor quality "scotch", and then goes to drink alone in a holodeck.
- Dr. McCoy often prescribes alcohol to his patents, seems to store booze in sickbay, has been seen drinking that booze on-duty, and prepares beans with bourbon.
- Damar picks up a bottle of kanar after killing Tora Ziyal and doesn't put it down until the final season. Weyoun even describes him as "half-dressed" when he starts turning up to work without a bottle, not realising that Damar is sober now because he's decided to backstab the Dominion in the hope of saving Cardassia.
- Sam Axe from Burn Notice is constantly seen knocking back a drink of some sort, with his preferred drink being a mojito. But in spite of he large quantities on liquor he consumes, he's only been noticeably drunk at the beginning of Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, and only ever mentioned having a hangover once. In fact, the way you know something is hitting Sam especially hard is if he refuses to drink!
- Dr. Cox from Scrubs is well defined as drinking way too much, presumably as a way to cope with some very big personal issues as well as the stress of working at a hospital. The Janitor mentions he has access to all personnel records and his major hang-up is "drinks a lot." For the most part it doesn't affect his job, except for one instance detailed in "My Fallen Idol" where he shows up completely drunk. That episode has Jack say "Daddy drinks a lot," which Jordan says is his first full sentence. J.D. also calls him a "borderline alcoholic" in one episode.
- Papa Titus from Titus, as per Christopher Titus' stand-up act. Christopher turned to alcohol after his custom car shop went under and started calling himself an alcoholic, to which Papa Titus took offense because he "hasn't earned it."
- Dean Winchester. After six seasons of already-reckless drinking and Drowning My Sorrows, he hits the sauce hard during his depression in season seven. He's heavily implied to have learned it from his dad.
- Also partially learned from his surrogate dad, Bobby Singer. Sheriff Mills only knows Bobby as "the town drunk" before she learns the truth about his life.
- Sam also has this tendency when he finds himself overwhelmed (it's implied that he spent the first few months after Dean went to Hell in a constant drunken stupor).
- Rufus and Ellen were hard drinkers, too. It seems to be a pretty common affliction for hunters, which is pretty understandable, considering.
- Sarah Mackenzie in JAG is a recovering alcoholic. Got once Off the Wagon after her ex-boyfriend died in her arms.
- Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men became this in later seasons. At first, he did drink a lot and was drunk on more than one occasion, but he wasn't always drunk. In the later seasons, any scene of him at home usually has him with an alcoholic drink of some kind and well on his way to being drunk or already drunk.
- Amish Mafia has Crazy Dave. He kept on screwing things up with Levi and was caught drinking while driving a buggy. It got so bad that he ended up in an Amish Crazy House.
- In Season One of Arrow Quentin Lance is shown to have started drinking after the death of his daughter, Sara, five years previously. In Season Two, Laurel starts using alcohol and anti-depressants to cope with her own grief and depression.
- In Halt and Catch Fire, the first time we see Gordon Clarke, he's being released from the drunk tank.
- Judith from Last Tango in Halifax. She can't even quit drinking when she's pregnant.
- The Hour, which is set in the fifties, has nearly everyone drinking at some point, but Lix and Hector drink far more than the others and are the only ones labelled as such. Randall used to be one, but he's recovered.
- While he hasn't become a full blown alcoholic per say, Sam has started turning to alcohol in the second season of The Wrong Mans, being caught drinking on the job at least once. This is because his seemingly-recovering life was turned upside-down by an attempted car-bombing, forcing him to relocate to an area where he's not as popular and (try to) accept that his girlfriend thinks he's dead. Combined with the fact that Phil's suddenly become popular and his Mean Boss constantly abuses him, it's not hard to see why.
- Don Cragen from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a recovering alcoholic. He occasionally mentions attending A.A. meetings.
- On the 2015 season of "Worst Cooks in America", contestant Sarah makes nearly orgasmic noises when informed that wine is an ingredient in a dish, and consumes at least as much of it as she uses in her dish.
- Barney Miller had a number of people who were brought in drunk, but only a couple who were explicitly alcoholic. One was a minor federal official who was Drowning His Sorrows over being stuck with the department of "underdeveloped suburban areas, mines, parks, and Indians" for his work on Nixon's campaign. Another was a career robber who tried to hold up a store with a Finger Gun, having been too drunk to remember that you put it in your pocket first.
- SCTV has a lot of these. The more prominent ones are news anchor Floyd Robertson (who goes off to a rehab facility to dry out but returns to drinking literally one sketch later), primadonna actor/producer/midday show host Johnny LaRue (who seems to be a Drowning My Sorrows example), and borderline cases Bob and Doug McKenzie (who never seem to be tipsy but are virtually always depicted drinking beer).
- In Dickensian, Mrs Gamp, the incompetent nurse from Martin Chuzzlewit, is portrayed as motivated entirely by beer and gin.
- When a Hannibal character makes an offhand comment about recovering alcoholics in Jimmy Price's presence, he quickly apologizes, which Jimmy brushes off with a blithe "Oh, I'm not recovering."
- Jessica Jones: Jessica is shown to be quite dependent on alcohol, and even mentions most of her money goes towards booze.
- Malcolm in the Middle: Later in the series, Francis reveals that he joined Alcoholics Anonymous after his drinking began to get out of control. However, it turns out that he barely drank at all even before joining, and he simply convinced himself he was an alcoholic as part of his old habit of blaming his problems on anything but himself.
- Political Animals: Margaret and her grandson T.J. both drink heavily throughout the series. Margaret rarely goes a scene without either having a drink in her hand or having one made for her (usually by T.J.). Her stories about her youth suggest she was a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, now grown into a snarky Lady Drunk. However, she highly dislikes the idea of a person getting themselves in deep enough to have an addiction, having witnessed T.J.'s grandfather self-destruct due to his drug addiction, and she bluntly informs T.J. that he's headed down the same path as his grandfather if he doesn't get ahold of himself soon. That being said, she has apparently struggled herself when attempting to abstain from alcohol in solidarity with T.J.
Douglas Hammond: Last time you tried simpatico sobriety with T.J., you lasted about two hours.
- In Good Girls Revolt Cindy hits the bottle pretty hard, at first when shes stressed, by the end of the season she has a little bottle of liquor with her when she goes on travels and takes a swig when shes happy.
- The often heard, but never seen Carlton the Doorman from Rhoda is often reportedly drinking on the job. He's not one to deny it either. Rhoda and friends will occasionally supply him with alcohol from time to time. It's all Played for Laughs.
- Frontier: Father Coffin, the town priest at Fort James, is a drunk. This makes him both easy to bribe as well as inherently untrustworthy.
- Frank Gallagher from Shameless (US) is a classic example. His son Lip puts it most succinctly:
Lip: ...and he drinks, and he does drugs. That's his whole life.
- Without a Trace's Martin Fitzgerald notes that fellow agent Danny Taylor doesn't drink. Danny confirms that he's a recovering alcoholic—"I haven't had a drink in 7 years, 6 months, and 18 days". We never see him struggling with the temptation to drink, but when Martin himself develops an addiction to painkillers after being shot, he recognizes the signs instantly—"I know what an addict looks like". note
- Beatrice, the mother of the Reed Sisters, along with second-oldest sister Teddy and her second husband.
- Screamin' Jay Hawkin's breakout hit "I Put a Spell On You" was intended to be a love ballad, but Hawkins (and the rest of the band) were so drunk when they recorded it that it came out as ... well ... just listen to it. When it became a hit, Hawkins had to teach himself how to sound like that when sober.
- Alice Cooper was a massive alcoholic at the height of his career. He said on Top Gear (UK) that after he vomited up blood, he'd decided it was time to stop.
- Elvis Costello's "Beyond Belief" is very clearly being narrated by someone on the verge of a drunken stupor: "So in this almost empty gin palace / In a two-way looking glass, you see your Alice." The singer himself once got into serious trouble because of remarks he made while inebriated. The lyrics to "Man out of Time" are also noticeably booze-sodden: "You drink yourself insensitive and hate yourself in the morning.
- Dice has an album called The 40 Made Me Do It.
- Ozzy "The Prince of Darkness" Osbourne. His songs "Suicide Solution" and "Demon Alcohol" are about this.
- Kid Rock has shown up drunk to recording sessions.
- Both Bon Scott (from AC/DC) and John Bonham (from Led Zeppelin) died in 1980 from alcohol abuse.
- Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. He claimed to drink a bottle of Jack Daniels a day, and that he has done so since he was 30.
- Shane MacGowan, founder, songwriter, and lead singer of The Pogues, is legendary for his drunken performances, self-destructive behaviour, dental problems, and almost-miraculous ability to stay alive despite doing things that would have killed any normal man, such as falling off a Japanese Bullet Train. Basically, he has been drinking heavily pretty much nonstop since about 1970 or so. His alcoholism got so bad that The Pogues threw him out of the band in 1991, not wanting to put up with his crap anymore. They didn't acquiesce to working with him again for another ten years. A lot of his songs make heavy reference to alcoholism, in all its various forms.
- X Japan. Almost everyone out of the band (aside from vocalist Toshi, who by almost all accounts Can't Hold His Liquor) is legendary for their alcohol problems: late guitarist hide died in part from his alcoholism in a drunken accidental suicide, bandleader/drummer/pianist Yoshiki is well known for being The Alcoholic (and a rather destructive one and a repeat Drunk Driver before he seemed to have learned his lesson about it), ex-bassist Taiji was a documented, confessed alcoholic and possibly Off the Wagon around the events of his death, and rhythm/second guitarist Pata is sadly well known for being an alcoholic - and almost died in 2016 as a result of alcoholism-induced liver and colon damage, delaying the band's album debut and tour.
- Gary Stead, from the Saint Etienne Concept Album Tales From Turnpike House. He spends most of the album as a comedy alcoholic in the Barney Gumble mould (in "Milk Bottle Symphony" he "staggers downstairs with a heavy head", i.e. a hangover), but eventually "Last Orders For Gary Stead" reveals him to be Drowning His Sorrows over an awkward divorce.
- The unnamed subject of Richard Thompson's bitter, brilliant "God Loves A Drunk." Notable for the balance of the portrayal—while drunkenness itself is portrayed very harshly, the eponymous drunk is treated quite sympathetically and gets to do his own lashing out against the banal nature of the life he's escaping.
- The narrator in Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" may or may not be, as might the narrator in "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again." The narrator in "Moonshiner" definitely is.
- Metallica used to be called "Alcoholica". James Hetfield even had to enter a rehab facility, but he has been sober ever since. As insane as it is, Dave Mustaine, who used to be in Metallica, was kicked out of the band because of his drinking problem. James Hetfield fired him for drinking too much. Part of the problem though, was simply Mustaine's behavior when drunk, as he was apparently a quite violent drunk, while the other members would be more withdrawn under the influence.
- Speaking of Megadeth, Gar Samuelson apparently had a huge problem with this, and it wound up being a factor in his death (the actual cause still isn't known other than that it was alcohol-related).
- Tom Waits professed to alcoholism earlier in his career: songs like "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)" and "Bad Liver & A Broken Heart" from Small Change are semi-biographical.
"I was really starting to believe that there was something amusing and wonderfully American about being a drunk. I ended up telling myself to cut that shit out."
- GG Allin. The guy was even burried with a bottle of Jim Beam beside him in his casket.
- From Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera, the main character, DT Jesus, is a junkie with an implied drinking problem as well. What motivates him to turn his life around is finding his childhood hero, a famous blues guitarist, is little more then a homeless wino.
- Swedish rocker Eddie Meduza. He was known for his "party hard" lifestyle, which spiraled into full-blown alcoholism in the '80s. Eventually he cleaned up his act in the '90s after doctors told him he would die if he had another drink. Unfortunately he couldn't keep it up and relapsed, which led to his death in 2002. Many of his later songs sarcastically "praise" the "joys" of being drunk all the time.
- Elton John (and his main lyricist Bernie Taupin) often played this trope for laughs, or at least as character study, in songs like "Elderberry Wine", "Social Disease", and "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" with the occasional tragic drunk thrown in as in "Talking Old Soldiers". Understandably, it slowed down as Taupin himself sobered up in the late 1970s and Elton followed in 1990.
- The aptly named song "Alcohol" by the Barenaked Ladies, which opens with the line "Alcohol, my permanent accessory" pretty much sums up the attraction of drinking in the line "Alcohol, Alternative to feeling like myself."
- Ringo Starr, of all people, had a major problem with this, which escalated after the breakup of The Beatles. Fortunately he's made a good recovery and is now completely sober.
- "Between the Bars", and some other songs by Elliott Smith, is about this.
- Warrel Dane and Jim Sheppard were infamous for both their excessive alcohol consumption and their mean, obnoxious, immensely offputting behavior while drunk, and it's been hinted by Jeff that this was part of why he and Van both left the band and essentially caused it to be put on indefinite hiatus.
- James Lee was known to have had alcohol issues that may have been a form of self-medicating (he's struggled with depression over the years), and it's strongly suspected to have been the reason why he was fired. He has apparently gotten better, though.
- Gary Young was notorious for being drunk. Various antics include falling off his drum stool drunkenly, doing handstands and handing out mashed potato and cabbages at the door for their gigs. He eventually got kicked out for this and a feud with the lead singer.
- The man being sung about in "The Sadness Runs Through Him" by The Hoosiers very often drowns his sorrows.
- Sia's "Chandelier" is about a Hard-Drinking Party Girl who uses the persona to hide her deep depression.
- Cry Baby's mother in Melanie Martinez's Concept Album "Cry Baby" is an alcoholic who drinks because of her husband's infidelity. She's implied to be an abusive (or at least neglectful) parent. She ends up murdering her husband and tries to kill Cry Baby.
- Tankard. A vast majority of their songs are related to beer and drunk partying.
- Scott "Wino" Weinrich from Saint Vitus is known to have had many a problem with alcohol. He even wrote a song about it, "Dying Inside", which is quite a Tear Jerker if you suffer or know someone who suffers from alcoholism.
- The title of The Devil Makes Three's "Old Number 7" refers to Jack Daniel's whiskey. The song is about an alcoholic who drinks a lot of it.
- Old Red-Eyes is Back by The Beautiful South tells a tale of a sad old drunk who looks back on his life and regrets how he spent it. When he dies, every bartender in the area mourns him, and he is buried with an empty bottle of whiskey beside him.
Old Red-Eyes is back
Red from the night before the night before
Walked into the wrong bar walked into a door
Old Red's in town
And sitting late at night he doesn't make a sound
Just adding to the wrinkles on his deathly frown
"They're only red from all the tears that I should've shed
They're only red from all the women that I could've wed
So when you look into these eyes I hope you realize
They could never be blue."
- Played for laughs in the song Cheeky Little Wine by the comedy band Dead Cat Bounce. In it, the singer compares the various wines he drinks to different kinds of women, and ends up drinking lighter fluid and paint.
Filthy little wine!
She bad, she's nasty!
Can't pronounce her name;
Don't even ask me!
In a paper bag,
Down in an alley,
She's a dirty little whore of a wine!
And my wife doesn't know;
She thinks I'm still a lawyer!
If she found out the truth,
It'd prob'ly destroy 'er!
(She's gonna find out soon, anyway; we're about to lose the house)
- Kopalny, one of the mascots of the Top Secret! magazine, is a lovable bum who loves beer and has frequent hangovers, and spends most of the time complaining about having to work menial jobs around the office.
- André the Giant was notorious for his ability to drink somewhere in the region of 7,000 calories of booze each day. Thing is, being a giant that already drank a lot on principle (and had done so all his life), it took INSANE amounts of booze to get him drunk — for example, 1,428 oz (that's 119 12-oz bottles) of beer to make him pass out.
- Scott Hall in WCW and later WWE. That his real-life drinking problem was played for laughs left a bad taste in many viewers' mouths.
- Jake Roberts: During his original run in the World Wrestling Federation, substance abuse problems began to mount for "The Snake," and came to a head after he left the organization. By 1996, he returned, having cleaned up and was now depicting himself as a born-again Christian who had left the bottle behind. A feud was created around his newfound sobriety, with Jerry Lawler playing the shameless antagonist. Lawler then a mean-spirited, arrogant heel constantly mocked Roberts and alleged that he had shown up at events under the influence. Roberts eventually had enough and eventually came to the arena "drunk" to lower Lawler's guard.
- Toru Yano originally entered New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Toukon Club on account of his accomplishments in amateur wrestling but from 2004 onward he became increasingly alcoholic, to the point technical wrestling was largely beyond him. His theme is even called "intoxication".
- Keni'chiro Arai of Dragon Gate. His initial gimmick was a hardcore fan of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team who'd drink heavily at the games. The drunk part of his gimmick slowly disappeared - then he went through a FaceHeel Turn, dropped the baseball fan part of it and became a full time alcoholic who carried bottles of beer and sake to the ring with him.
- Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling, Artie Lange, and especially Jeff the Drunk of The Howard Stern Show.
- Comedy pair Hudson And Landry featured a few skits involving drunks making phone calls. Their best known skit is about a already hammered drunk ordering more liquor.
- The Jack Benny Program:
- Phil Harris portrayed himself this way, once even claiming that he only drank so Jack would have something to joke about.
- Beyond Harris, the entire band was portrayed as being a bunch of drunken reprobates, particularly guitarist Frank Remly.
- Barry Cryer is seen as this by everyone else on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He seldom mentions it himself.
Jack: One of the judges for this year's Beer Festival was our very own Barry Cryer. Barry sampled several dozens of different lagers, a variety of beers, and one or two champagnes, and as such, never made it to the festival.
- In the Warhammer Gaiden Game Mordheim, the Ruffian Henchmen from the Ostlander Mercenary warbands have taken their fellows love of alcohol to the extreme and are never sober, in fact they are rarely ever conscious. While their constant state of inebriation make them near fearless in battle, their base combat abilities tend to be compromised somewhat and are unable to use missile weapons.
- For the first two scenes (the last two, chronologically) of Merrily We Roll Along, Mary Flynn is constantly either drunk, drinking, or wishing that she were.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: Ligniere. He dislikes orange juice and milk, only stays at the theater to drink four glasses of wine, he happily retires to again betake his pet vice in a tavern, and when Christian tries to save him from a trap, hes advised to leave notice for Ligniere at five different taverns.
- The title character of P.D.Q. Bach's The Stoned Guest, whose voice type is described as "basso blotto."
- Eric in An Inspector Calls is frequently "squiffy". It's obvious to most of his family, but his mother's in total denial about it.
- Several characters in Road can be played this way. Many of them have little to do but drink.
- Tom Daley in That Championship Season has become an alcoholic drifter in the twenty years since he was part of the Fillmore High basketball team that won the Pennsylvania state championship in 1952. He is unable to hold down a steady job, and spends the team's annual reunion with their coach drinking heavily and telling the others what he really thinks of the fantasy world they inhabit.
- Davy Zlatic in Bandstand was one of the soldiers who liberated Dachau; now he drinks heavily to try to forget the things he's seen.
Davy: I know there's not enough whiskey in the world to forget what I've seen. But I figure, I owe it to myself to try.
- Fallout: New Vegas has Cass (full name Rose of Sharon Cassidy, but you'd better not call her that), a traveling merchant who you first meet drinking excessive amounts of whiskey at a bar. Though that was because her caravan had been destroyed, she says she's been drinking a lot for a long time; she mentions that she had to stop trying to transport alcoholic beverages to sell because she would arrive with nothing but empty bottles. Given the setting, it's possible her tolerance for it is due to a mutation.
- In Max Payne 2 it is revealed that former deputy police chief Bravura is a recovering alcoholic, and he offers to take the protagonist to meetings with him. It isn't made clear if he is merely misreading Payne's survivor's guilt or if Max actually has a problem.
- In Max Payne 3, Max has become a full blown alcoholic. About halfway into the game it becomes one of Max's main goals to quit drinking.
- The Sims:
- In The Sims 3, you can make any Sim this, though due to the substitution of "juice" and "nectar" for alcohol, it takes either a fix names mod or imagination. That said, it's easy enough to make your character do nothing but drink. Unfortunately, as the game doesn't have any effect for this, you will need to accomplish symptoms via personality traits. Some good ones are Party Animal (which has a lot of drinking-related wants), Dramatic (which allows "Fake Passing Out,") Hot-Headed or Grumpy (for the violent drunk), and Inappropriate or Insane (bad behavior) or Clumsy (Exactly What It Says on the Tin). Giving them the Nectar Maker or Mixologist skills also helps.
- In The Sims Medieval Sims with the Drunkard flaw must frequently drink alcohol. If they don't within a few days they will get a negative buff.
- In World of Warcraft, it's possible to make your player character one, granted that you have enough gold for the stronger alcohol items. If you're a Blood Elf, you don't even need the gold — there's a location close to your starting zone, that after a quest you can undertake around level 10, gives weak but free alcohol.
- Mr. Galloway of Bully who is also arguably the coolest teacher in the game.
- Part of the first quest in Fable II is returning a drunk's lost bottle. The 'good choice' is to give it to his wife, who's trying to make him quit, while the 'evil' one is giving it back to him.
- Granin in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. To the point that he divulges Sokolov's location to Snake while intoxicated.
- Gen of SaGa Frontier is a drunken samurai. His 'win' animation after the battles show him drinking...and drinking...and drinking.
- Final Fantasy X:
- Players could speculate that the jug of sake hanging from Auron's belt was well used.
- Jecht is a better example: Tidus mentions having trouble remembering a time when he wasn't drunk. This apparently ended when he stabbed a shoopuf in a drunken panic (he thought it was a fiend); after Braska was forced to give the animal's handler all their money, Jecht never drank again. (You can find a recording of the aftermath of the incident around the same area where it happened.)
- In the first Diablo game, there was Farnham the Drunk, a comedic character who actually had a tragic side to him; he had to watch most of his friends get slaughtered during a raid in the dungeons. In the sequel, there's Geglash in Act II. While he is played for comedy, he is also an experienced fighter, and Atma notes that he has been drinking more than usual since the 'troubles' began.
- Kenshin Uesugi in Samurai Warriors. Depending on who you ask, real life as well!
- The mouthy Demoman of Team Fortress 2 seems to be perpetually drunk on the battlefield. His default melee weapon is even a scrumpy bottle! Interestingly, the comics imply that he's a perfectly reasonable guy while sober... which means that he's always drunk off his ass in-game.
Demoman: [on sudden death] Thankfully, I already don't remember this.
- Sleip of Blaze Union. She doesn't fit into the Always Female versions at all — she's young, she's cutesy, she's Ms. Fanservice, and she's very resistant to the idea of sobering up.
- Dragon Age:
- Dragon Age: Origins:
- Oghren, both in the main game and the expansion Awakening. His alcoholism seems to have started as a way of Drowning My Sorrows. He used to be a renowned warrior and his wife was named a Paragon, the greatest honour a dwarf can ever achieve. When she left him and set off into the Deep Roads, however, things went downhill. By the time you meet him he can still fight well enough, but he's the laughing stock off the city and under the layers of bloodthirstiness and bluster he knows it.
- Depending on the choices you make in the game, Alistair may become one as well.
- Dragon Age II gives us Fenris, who spends his free time drinking alone. Given his backstory, you can't really blame him.
- Dorian in Dragon Age: Inquisition repeatedly refers to drinking or needing to get drunk. It's implied he picked it up from his mother.
- Dragon Age: Origins:
- Possibly Bo Rai Cho from Mortal Kombat. It's never actually confirmed that he has an addiction, but seeing as he invented Drunken Boxing and can use vomit as a weapon during a fight, it is possible. Not to mention the fact that his name is derived from borracho, the Spanish word for "drunk".
- Jim Raynor in StarCraft II, in reaction to what he feels is his role in Kerrigan being turned into the Queen of Blades. Matt Horner apparently has to clean up after him a lot.
- The eponymous character of Conker's Bad Fur Day. Conker outright starts the game drunk (and he lazes around for a while until he sobers up).
- Grayson Hunt of Bulletstorm is a revenge-obsessed drunkard. The player can decide to take Ishi's threat to kill him if he starts again to heart, by shooting the bottles of alcohol you see.. or taking a drink, and getting point bonuses for killing enemies while drunk.
- Dwarf Fortress:
- The one thing that all of the dwarfs have in common is that they "need alcohol to get through the working day". Almost everything else will vary between them (including what they like, what they hate, their personality traits, etc.), but alcohol is their default drink of choice (though, that said, the type of alcohol that they like best also varies).
- Dwarves are born alcoholic: dwarven babies drink booze instead of breast-milk. It's even affected their physiology, a deep look at the raw files reveals dwarven livers are enormous, which lets them handle a lot more booze. Or rather, not die from the amount of booze they already drink; almost every other sentient species in the game would die from alcohol poisoning with those amounts.
- Other sentient creatures don't go out of the way to drink alcohol, unless they have the "doesn't care about anything anymore" quality from repeated, relentless trauma. If that's the case, they'll match the dwarves drink for drink.
- Baofu from Persona 2 always enjoyed tipping a few back. With him, alcohol is integrated as a philosophy and as a way to know a real person as "the truth can be seen in a shot glass". An example below:
Baofu: Hey Maya, why don't you try to become the best wine?
Ulala: What do you mean?
Baofu: The best wines are those that are treated well, but ultimately become spoiled or bad if misused over time. It's the same with humans.
- The town doctor in Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist was such a habitual drunkard that in an early puzzle, a prescription written by him had to be looked at through the bottom of a whiskey glass in order to become legible.
- Dead Rising 2: Off The Record has Chuck Greene reduced to alcoholism after the death of Katey. He carries a bottle of whiskey everywhere, and his boss theme is actually called "Firewater".
- Generals and admirals in Napoleon: Total War start to drink heavily if left idle for too long, which has of course increasingly negative consequences on their troops' morale and their own leadership capacities.
- Dungeons Of Dredmor presents this as the fate of all wizards. Being that you, and everyone, gets mana from booze, they presumably needed to get absolutely tanked on a regular basis. Even their formidable magic prowess couldn't save them, however, and thus the only wizards you do find are dead, either by a pile of empty bottles (some of them describing some... less-than-healthy beverages), killed by a colleague with a mean drunk streak, or both.
- Conway of Kentucky Route Zero can be interpreted as this. He falls back into it in Act 3.
- Moira from "Piss" is an extreme example, she regularly drinks so much she sometimes suffers from amnesia to the point where she occasionally even needs her diary to remind her who she is... it's deliberate though as she's desperate to numb the memory and pain of her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Carno's second wife Victoria from Phantasmagoria is implied to have been this, although we only see one flashback of her being drunk. Whether she suffered from alcoholism before being married off to Carno or whether she started drinking heavily soon after their marriage as a result of his abuse is unclear, but either way she was clearly unhappy as it's her spirit you hear (but don't see) sobbing in the wine cellar.
- Played with in The Walking Dead. Some examples also seem to understand it's not smart to get drunk with all the zombies around.
- Chuck was a homeless alcoholic before the apocalypse.
- Kenny appears to have a history of alcohol abuse. In season 1, after his plan to find a boat seems to fail, he resorts to getting drunk off a bottle of whiskey. Much later in season 2, he adamantly refuses to have any alcohol at all, hinting strongly at his past with alcohol abuse.
- Christa in season 1 refuses a drink at first, but then grabs the bottle and takes an extremely long swig while the other characters stare at her in disbelief. It is revealed Christa is pregnant so that could have been the reason for her initial refusal.
- Harvest Moon has a few characters of this sort considering how frequently wine is featured in the series. Karen from Harvest Moon 64 is the most popular example (though in other games such as Harvest Moon: Back to Nature she is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl instead). She loves her wine, not helped by the fact her family runs the local winery and she's works at a bar. At least one of her heart events has her drunk and wine is one of her favorite gifts. It's implied a good chunk of her drinking is due to her sadness over having a poor relationship with her father and hating living in a small town.
- Stardew Valley has Pam, Penny's grumpy middle-aged mother who was put out of a job after the bus to Calico Desert broke down, and Shane, Marnie's nephew who is dissatisfied with his job at JojaMart. Naturally, both of them have Beer as a loved gift. The effects are tragic in both cases; Pam's drinking has alienated her daughter, driven away her husband, and left her unable to maintain her own home, and Shane is self-medicating for chronic depression in the worst way possible.
- Both Dr. Luis and Alex of South of Real are implied to have troubles with alcohol. While Alex wants to drink on the job in the face of an impending Cosmic Horror apocalypse, Dr. Luis seems to be trying to drink away his sorrows...and the things he's done. The habit must run in the family.
- The Elder Scrolls
- This is within the sphere of Sanguine, the Daedric Prince of Debauchery and Hedonism. Sanguine's M.O. is to tempt mortals into sin through vice, with alcohol being a common component. Sanguine himself is often seen with some form of drink in his hand, even in his statues. In Skyrim, his quest even begins with a drinking contest at an inn.
- This is a common trait of the Rieklings - small, primitive, blue-skinned humanoids native to Solstheim who somewhat resemble ice goblins. They are known for collecting and hording detritus scavenged from the more civilized races, which they "form strange attachments to" and can even be witnessed worshiping. Above all else, they love scavenging any alcoholic beverages they can get their hands on, which they refer to as "fizzydrink."
- Randal's Monday: Both Randal and Matt are deep in this trope, and it's the root of the large majority of their troubles. The final puzzle revolves around keeping them both sober to escape the ring's loop.
- Gerry of Graveyard Keeper is an especially notable example, craving and clamouring for alcohol constantly, in spite of the fact that he's a talking skull, and he openly acknowledges he no longer has functioning taste buds.
- Hank of Detroit: Become Human, who turned to drinking after the death of his son, Cole.
- Odon in Fleuret Blanc. He tries to be secretive about it, but you can usually find him hanging around the bar, and other characters will confirm that he has a major drinking problem. This is unusual, as he's a laid-back monk who frequently preaches the importance of freeing oneself from material possessions and influences. It's one of the hints that his past is more complex than it appears: he used to be a delinquent drug addict, and though he tried to turn his life around, he's been through a lot, and can't kick his alcohol dependence.
- Sofiya from Missing Stars is implied to be one, despite her young age. He bio mentions she really likes alcohol.
- RWBY: Qrow Branwen's first non-flashback appearance is in a bar somewhere, his dialogue has a noticeable slur, and when he walks away, he's visibly swaying. Later on he's seen carrying a flask, and picks a fight with an important foreign agent (and personal ally of his).
Winter: [complaining] He was drunk!
Glynda: He's always drunk!
- 514 from Lucky Day Forever. His fridge is filled with Little Prolie Beer. Used to show that 514 buys into the Whites' propaganda.
- In Les Kassos, this is Aspégix and Grodébilix problem in all their appearances. That... "magic potion" of theirs might contain a little bit of alcohol. Grodébilix once tries to quit because he's fallen in love, but one pep talk from Aspégix makes him quickly plunges back.
- In SwordCat Princess, Officer Jack Dawson is often seen drinking at Zora DaiQuirides bar. He sometimes drinks while on duty. He has bottles of alcohol around his apartment, including a 40 of Pabst in his living room.
- Hazel from Girls with Slingshots is often drinking or drunk. She writes all of her articles smashed. Occasionally Lampshaded when she gets so drunk she forgets what happened, or realizes how common intoxication is for her. Such as when she "levels up" her faux sober threshold to nine beers.
- Kyotoshi Lypha from Inhuman, starting after his parents were killed in a planet-wide massacre. His fridge contains only vodka and a clean, folded towel.
- Edison Lighthouse, in Groovy, Kinda, rarely appears without a drink in hand. At 39, she's old enough to be a Lady Drunk, but she's far too cheerful.
- Almost everyone in Questionable Content drinks frequently (like a lot of 20-somethings) but some take it to more extremes than others.
- Faye's drinking habits make her friends fear that she's an alcoholic, though she improves with therapy and some healthy relationships. A bad breakup leads to a binge that gets her fired and hospitalized, which motivates her to sober up for good.
- Steve goes through a long binge-drinking period following his breakup with Ellen. He is drunk so often that the US Government hires him as a spy, knowing that anyone he broke secrecy with would dismiss it as an alcohol-induced hallucination.
- Out There: One of the most common settings is Sherry's bar, but only Clayton fits the trope. Miriam is more accurately described as a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, and none of the other characters seem particularly dedicated to the task.
- String Theory has the alcoholic Dr. Schtein. He's also an avid user of a large number of other drugs.
- No Need for Bushido has Ken, who, after running out of sake in the middle of a battle, decides to go maul an enemy camp and take their supply. He then proceeds to do this several more times until he get so drunk he falls unconscious, and when he regains consciousness, he finds he's run out yet again and goes out for some more.
- Elf Blood has Shanna, who was constantly depicted drinking alcohol in the earlier sections of the comic. She doesn't appear to suffer any deleterious effects from her condition though, or at least none that have been shown yet.
- Lyle Gabriel from Achewood is nearly always drunk and usually blitzed well beyond the point of coherence. It gets less comedic as time goes on; later strips depict him as being unable to function if he doesn't drink constantly.
- Taisei from Sakana is "drunk 50 % of the time". When having a hangover is also pretty much the only time he is depressed.
- Nitrous Blight of Zokusho Comics could head this way if he's not careful. He is a powerful telepath and alcohol is one of the few ways to dull the volume of the thoughts of others.
- Graham in Wizard School is abducted to the Academy after a drunken bender — and is immediately asking small children to summon alcohol for him.
- In Victoria games, you need alcohol to train and supply army units. You can have all the metal, gunpowder, and men in the world, but you literally cannot make even one more cannon if it's crew don't get there beer.
- Homestuck: Roxy Lalonde spends the first three parts of Act 6 hammered. And she's a teenager. By the fifth part, she admits that she had a problem.
- Starslip Crisis has Cutter Edgewise, space pirate!. Well, former space pirate, anyway. He's nearly always at least semi-drunk, though he's still likely to be more level-headed than Vanderbeam.
- Detective Noir of Hero Material drinks nigh-constantly out of his flask. He never gets too drunk to do his job, though.
- Muh Phoenix: Tony Stark. Emma Frost as well.
Iron Man: Like Mama Stark always said, you're never too drunk to fly a giant robot.
- In Knights of Buena Vista, Adriana bases one of her in-character actions on "Aunt Felicia after two bourbons". Her brother Bill says that's a mean comment, but a true one.
- Father Abaddon in Dresden Codak.
"Father Abaddon, have you been drinking?"
"I've never stopped."
- Golgo in Rice Boy. Played for Drama and portrayed surprisingly realistically, although he's addicted to the black spirit made by an apothecary, which is much more addictive than normal ethanol and will make you evil. Also, TOE and Calabash drink whiskey as if it was water.
- Baek Seol-A of the Korean Webcomic Fluttering Feelings will empty the pockets of many of a man sad enough to take her drinking.
- Roomie in Go Get a Roomie! is initially depicted as a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, but as the strip goes on it becomes increasingly clear that her drinking is pathological.
- A major character in Mountain Time is Chimneyfoot, who drinks much more than humanly possible (owing at least in part to the fact that he isn't human).
- King Hippo in Captain SNES: The Game Masta has been Drowning His Sorrows for a long time thanks to a combination of the horrible things he'd witnessed toward the end of Mother Brain's reign of terror, and the fact that since that time, his tenure as a villain and general oafishness has made him unable to hold down a job or any measure of respect for long. When pressed on why he was being so helpful and escorting Alex to the Queen of Videoland:
King Hippo: Okay, so it might have been less good citizenship... and more the nine hundred bucks she offered to grab you and Marle. That's like nine hundred one dollar beers. That's almost enough for one sitting!
- In Crankrats, Jack, the not-quite-Psycho Electro with Dark and Troubled Past like you wouldn't believe. Doesn't help that his job is serving drinks.
- Schwarz Kreuz, another webcomic with noir-fantastic vibe, has an even more Dark and Troubled Past-addled male lead, Nick, who drinks because he's a vampire and hates the fact.
- Danielbeast in lonelygirl15 became an alcoholic at one point, as a result of trying to drown his sorrows.
- Glitch, of the Whateley Universe, who's obviously alcoholic, and a sophomore in high school. He blames his parents for all his problems.
- Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party portrays Fyodor Dostoevsky as this. When his bottle of vodka is stolen by Lenore The Lady Ghost, a fellow alcoholic, he is really... delighted that they have something in common! This is part of the reason why many quickly jumped on the Lenore/Fyodor ship. Also, the humor of the situation is not lost on him.
Dostoevsky: A spirit for a spirit !
- During her review of Xanadu, due to not being impressed with how bored the voice actor of Zeus sounded, The Nostalgia Chick's impersonation of him made him sound ridiculously drunk instead. She herself is nearly always seen with a bottle of beer.
- The host of The Music Video Show is shown passed out drunk in episode 24 and is the reason why he got through three Chris Brown videos in a row.
- Harley Morenstein of Epic Meal Time rarely appears without a bottle of Jack in hand. One time, he and the others made breakfast with alcohol.
- The Nostalgia Critic: The Critic is a complete and utter lightweight, but still drinks a lot. Malcolm, Tamara, and Rachel (the characters) all spend their off-time getting hammered as well. Even Santa Christ has been lampshaded to have drinking issues, while mother and daughter Aunt Despair and Hyper admit they're always drunk.
- Ask That Guy with the Glasses has a bar for setting. The host has replaced his book with A Glass of Chianti.
- All of the main cast of Demo Reel has some drinking problem or another. Donnie leaves empty scotch glasses around his office, Rebecca can't handle caffeine but can drink an Italian mafioso under the table. Quinn and Karl are Irish and German ex-spies respectively, and treat drinking without each other as Serious Business. Tacoma is the only one remotely reluctant to get drunk and even he caves pretty fast to the idea. Of course, all of them have Dark And Troubled Pasts and are trying to drown their sorrows.
- In the "Ask Jack" video from the The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon series, Jack reveals that the reason he is still fat despite running from the Ginosaji for years is because he's developed eating and drinking problems to cope with the insanity. During the segment he's trying to eat a plate of spaghetti and drink a glass of wine while the Ginosaji is still slowly beating him to death with a spoon.
- Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara portrays the already discussed Ultimate Iron Man (and at times the regular one, when it's not wrong to do so) with a drunkard voice that's utterly hilarious.
- Captain Slaughter's Rejects has Shaz, a perpetually drunken Tau with an itchy trigger finger.
- Alcoholism is a defining trait of the The Thrilling Adventure Hour's Frank and Sadie Doyle. Every episode opens with them clinking their glasses in a toast, they frequently comment themselves on being some level of inebriated, have a walk-in liquor cabinet, and when given three wishes by a djinni, wish only for alcohol and scoff at the idea that the ironic twist to that wish is they've been given more liquor than they can possibly drink.
Frank: Who cares what evil lurks in the hearts of man?
Sadie: Unless evil's carrying the martini tray, darling. (clink)
- In Yandere High School:
Taurtis: Why are you drinking before school, Sam?
Sam: Because I need a little buzz before school gets started.
Taurtis: You have a problem, I think we need to talk about this.
Sam: What's the big deal? I don't see what the big deal is, Taurtis.
- The eponymous Paul Powers of The Paul Powers Show, at least in a couple of videos. Notably, he seems to drink a lot more when he is alone and doesn't have a "special guest."
- OnCinema: Tim has been shown as one at times. He frequently drinks too much during the Oscar specials which leads to them getting quite chaotic. He even admitted he had issues during the third Oscar special.
- Sam & Mickey portray Barbie as constantly wasted.
- Boomstick of Death Battle, being the stereotypical southern American redneck, is portrayed as this. Many of Boomstick's Noodle Incidents, if not all of them, has been attributed to him handing Wiz his beer and going "Here, hold this." Of course, the man does have limits - in a preview video for Amy Rose, Wiz lied to Boomstick about that [Boomstick] has the ability to drink as much alcohol as he wants only for the man to lose all of that and everything else all over the floor during the preview video for Amy's opponent, Ramona Flowers.
- In "The Ballad of G.I. Joe", at G.I. Joe headquarters, while everyone else is about various after-hours pursuits and worries, Snow Job's simply "drinkin' beers".
(I heard he likes to drink quite a bit...)
- The titular character of Archer claims that if he were to stop drinking, the cumulative hangover would kill him. His mother, Malory, is frequently seen drinking cocktails herself.
- In Futurama, robots are alcoholics by default, as alcohol works as their fuel. However, they stumble around as if they were drunk when they're sober... and at other times (particularly in earlier episodes) they are portrayed binge-drinking human style. Bender himself speaks with a mild slur at all times.
- "You've been drinking too much! Or not enough. I forget how it works with you."
- "I don't need to drink, I can quit any time I want."
- "Bender, you're blind stinking sober!"
- In one episode where Bender can't/won't drink, he's depicted as staggering, slurring his speech, and with a patch of rust resembling beard stubble.
- In the episode Benderama, Bender uses a self replicating device to make 2 smaller copies of himself. This process repeats itself until thousands of molecule level Bender's rearrange the molecules of earth's oceans note , turning it into Alcohol.
Morbo: ...Water is now b-booze, and everyone's tiddly much protally fit-shaced.
- Helga's mother Miriam Pataki from Hey Arnold! is a textbook example, though mainly off screen. On screen all she wants is a "smoothie".
- The title character of BoJack Horseman is a jerk, he hates himself, and is almost always drunk. But at least he never denies it.
- Clay Puppington in Moral Orel. It turns out he was introduced to alcohol by Bloberta. Once he became an alcoholic, she quit being one.
- The entire band Dethklok in Metalocalypse, but particularly Pickles the drummer. Alcoholism and drug use is such a heavy part of Pickles's past and personality that when his former bandmates headlined a Straight Edge-esque concert with a new singer, he was mortally offended and vowed to crash the concert. It's eventually revealed that his alcoholism started because he was The Unfavorite of the family, to the point that he got blamed for burning down the garage even though Seth did it. He was six when he started drinking. Special points also to Nathan Explosion, who apparently needs regular liver transplants, and is shown receiving one as part of fan touring of Mordhaus.
- Family Guy:
- Brian Griffin is rarely seen without a glass of something in his hand. In comparison he is probably worse than Peter - Peter usually goes out drinking for fun with friends, but Brian often drinks alone, or to 'drown sorrows', or for the sake of drinking.
- The Simpsons:
- Homer Simpson. He can consume more beer (leading into excessive intoxication obviously) than Peter can.
Homer: And [I'll get to] get drunk on a Tuesday.
Marge: Today's Tuesday and you've had six beers!
Homer: But I'm not drunk.
- It's a running gag that when somebody asks Homer if he's been drinking, he never says no.
Marge: How drunk are you?
Homer: Not. Very.
Anesthesiologist: Okay, count backwards from ten.Homer (lying on operating table): Fine, I admit it. I'm drunk.
- It's even occasionally unprompted:
- "Duffless" confronts this by having Homer go a month without beer and, by the end of it, realize he has a bit of a problem. But, well... Status Quo Is God. However, in one episode set 30 years in the future Homer states he's off the stuff for good.
- Barney Gumble appears worse than Homer, but is often seen trying to overcome his problem — Homer has not even acknowledged he has a problem. He does occasionally, but usually for a throwaway gag, not as part of an episode's plot.
- In fact, all the denizens of Moe's have a problem to some extent. In one episode, when Homer goes to the bar on Sunday to invite his friends to a party on Mr Burns' yacht, he finds them patiently waiting for the sunbeam through the window to reach a chalk mark on the floor that indicates the time alcohol can legally be sold. As they are sailing out towards international waters, Moe has to fight the barflies off with a whip as they try to reach the beer keg Homer bought, and when Lenny receives rubbing alcohol for his wounds, he immediately begins chugging it.
- Lionel Hutz is shown to have a pretty severe drinking problem on occasion.
Hutz: Mrs. Simpson claims she forgot she was carrying that bottle of delicious... bourbon... brownest of the brown liquors... so tempting... (puts the bottle to his ear) What's that? You want me to drink you? But I'm in the middle of a trial! ...Excuse me! [runs out of courtroom]
Lionel Hutz: Mrs. Simpson, you're in luck, your sexual harassment suit is exactly what I need to rebuild my shattered practice! Care to join me in a belt of scotch?
Marge: It's 9:30 in the morning.
Hutz: Yeah, but I haven't slept in days. [takes a large belt of scotch, and waves the dregs at temptingly at Marge] Last chance! [finishes the bottle]
- Phil Hartman's other character Troy McClure, who used to drink 50 cans per day (according to Brad Goodman).
Troy McClure: Ahhh. Sweet liquor eases the pain.
- In the 14th season episode "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third-Grade", Ms McConnell, who is something of a Gossipy Hen, denotes that Lisa's Teacher Ms. Hoover an alcoholic, though if you had students like Ralph Wiggum you would be too.
- Lindsey Naegle is a self-proclaimed alcoholic and has been seen at AA meetings.
- In each of his guest appearances, Ron Howard appears wearing a bath robe and with a drink in his hand. Seeing Homer drinking a cocktail of his own invention — a concoction of vodka and wheat grass which Homer dubs a "lawn mower" — he cheerfully asks Homer to make him one.
- Subverted with Marge in "You Only Move Twice". Increasingly bored as a housewife due to the automation of her chores, she turns to the wine — only to reveal that she's drinking less than the amount recommended by doctors.
- Homer Simpson. He can consume more beer (leading into excessive intoxication obviously) than Peter can.
- Captain K'Nuckles of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack comes off as this, always needing a pick me up or becoming wasted at the Candy Barrel.
- Teleportation Larry of The Awesomes is pretty much constantly drunk, which is almost always a liability.
- Franklin Sherman of The Critic almost always has a drink in his hand and it's heavily implied alcohol plays a major role in his Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic background character Berryshine (a.k.a. Berry Punch) is very often portrayed as a drunk due to her Cutie Mark (symbol of a special talent) of grapes and a strawberry — two common ingredients in wine. Lauren Faust mentioned in a Q&A that her nickname for the character was Pinot Noir, making this about as close to canon as possible for a kids show.
- Mouse Fitzgerald of 12 oz. Mouse uses this trope as his defining trait. He's seen practically every ten minutes with a beer in his hand.
- In the South Park episode "Bloody Mary", Randy Marsh becomes an alcoholic by way of the nocebo effect. After being caught drunk-driving, he is ordered by the court to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and becomes convinced that he is powerless to stop drinking.
- Rick from Rick and Morty is constantly intoxicated and habitually takes a sip from a flask.Lampshaded in one episode when Rick gets shot.
Rick: She got me right in the goddamn liver Morty! It's the hardest working liver in the galaxy Morty! And now it has a hole in it.
- His daughter Beth is not as bad as him but is very often seen sloshing down large amounts of red wine, often when under great distress.
- In the second season of Kaeloo, Mr. Cat is shown to be severely addicted to alcohol, despite being underage. Several episodes show him having a hangover, and in Episode 60 he is actually shown drunknote . In some instances, he ends up drinking so much he passes out.
- In Castlevania (2017), due to the Church excommunicating the Belmont family and destroying their ancestral home, Trevor Belmont has spent his days since then as a vagrant wandering the land from tavern to tavern, spending what little remains of his family fortune on booze.
- In the series finale of Daria, Quinn gets a job as a hostess where she befriends a girl name Lindy, but as they hang out after work, she soon discovers Lindy has a drinking problem. She gets fired when she's found with a screwdriver (vodka and orange juice) at her post to deal with a hangover. Quinn tries to confront her about her drinking, only for Lindy to get angry with her. In the end, she apologizes to Quinn, still wanting to be friends, but while admitting to going overboard when drinking sometimes, she still refuses to believe she has a problem.