fall off the wagon

fall off the wagon

to start drinking alcohol again, especially too much alcohol, after a period when you have not drunk any Six months later he fell off the wagon in spectacular fashion with a three-day drinking spree.
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fall off the wagon

1. in. to resume drinking after having stopped. (The wagon is presumed to be the water wagon.) It looks to me like he wanted nothing more than to fall off the wagon.
2. in. to resume any previously stopped behavior including smoking, drug use, overeating, or any other disavowed behavior. He’s back to watching TV again. Fell off the wagon I guess.
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And for those who find the one-month challenge a bit too daunting, there's the 'tipple tax' which allows Dryathletes to donate a PS20 penalty for each time they fall off the wagon.
Farage likes the odd beer, like the 13th or 15th, so there has to be a chance he will fall off the wagon, even if only to check there are no illegal immigrants beneath it.
Affleck checked into rehab in 2001 only to fall off the wagon nine years later.
Director Andrew Payne said: "With the introduction of our new airport kiosks, there is now no reason for ex-smokers and those trying to quit, to fall off the wagon while they are away, be that on business or on holiday.
Research by the outdoor fitness company found that people have great intentions at the start of the year, but fall off the wagon after just a few weeks.
I'm not yet out of the "relapse zone", the period in which many fall off the wagon.
When it comes to maintaining my health I didn't just fall off the wagon.
Lohan's spectacular fall off the wagon really should elicit some sympathy but she seems to be having far too good a time for us to worry about her.
Instead of paying for rehab it should be free, then if they fall off the wagon it's their look out.
An alcoholic who plans to fall off the wagon will simply stop taking the Antabuse.
Watching the movie, we end up waiting for Jackson to fall off the wagon, achieve his next creative breakthrough, abuse another admirer, enjoy guest appearances by other postwar art celebrities - then do it all over again and again.
style programs: When people who have undergone traditional treatment fall off the wagon, they're convinced that it marks the beginning of a binge, which then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Ad Age quotes food industry observers who note that low fat brands are fighting a trend that has consumers eating fewer treats but wanting high indulgence ones when they do fall off the wagon.
While he does manage not to fall off the wagon, he's struggling to cope with married life because Sadie pushes him into giving up driving cabs to take up a job working in the kitchen of Scarlett's.
Working 16, 17 hours, you need to know how to take care of yourself or you'll fall off the wagon.