drown one's sorrows

drown one's sorrows

Drink liquor to escape one's unhappiness. For example, After the divorce, she took to drowning her sorrows at the local bar. The notion of drowning in drink dates from the late 1300s.
See also: drown, sorrow
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The curious thing about all of this is that drink is a greater killer and the Government actually resists any real punitive measures to curb excesses, although it may pretend to do so, just like the increase in gambling dens where one can not only lose all one's money but drown one's sorrows as well.