hit the bottle

hit the bottle

To drink alcohol, especially to excess. All this stress at work right now is enough to make me hit the bottle.
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hit the bottle

 and hit the booze
Fig. Inf. to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. Jed's hitting the bottle again. He's been hitting the booze for a week now.
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hit the bottle

Also, hit the booze or sauce . Drink alcoholic beverages, especially a great deal, as in I don't know if it will be a problem, but he hits the bottle every weekend, or She hardly ever hits the booze, but when she does, watch out, or It doesn't show in her work, but she hits the sauce every night. These slangy expressions date from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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hit the bottle

INFORMAL
If someone hits the bottle, they drink too much alcohol. One newspaper even said I'd started hitting the bottle. Complete rubbish. These teenagers hit the bottle to rebel.
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hit (or be on) the bottle

start to drink alcohol heavily, especially in an attempt to escape from one's problems. informal
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hit the ˈbottle

(informal) regularly drink too much: She managed to resist alcohol for a year, then hit the bottle again when her husband died.He’s really hitting the bottle at the moment.
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hit the bottle

and hit the booze
tv. to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. She got caught hitting the bottle in the office. He’s been hitting the booze for a week now.
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THE A&E departments in Scottish hospitals are under extreme pressure, especially at weekends, when the irresponsible partying crowd hit the bottle then expect the NHS to treat them.
Meanwhile, Stacey is still struggling to pay the bills, and elsewhere, Louise worries Phil has hit the bottle.
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Honey says Phil can stay as long as he doesn't hit the bottle again.
However, when it becomes clear that Phil's hit the bottle again, Sharon has a big decision to make.
The pair hit the shops before Carla goes home to hit the bottle.
Kevin Hart hit the bottle and took his car for a spin on the freeway.
Elsewhere, Nick persuades vulnerable Peter to hit the bottle in the hope Leanne will leave him.
Children who hit the bottle longer risk dental issues like tooth decay and developing an overbite.
Surely things are not so bad that people can see no other answer but to hit the bottle until the lights go out?
Hit the bottle and hit the floor to pogo yourself silly .
And it's driving women to hit the bottle and raid the fridge to try to de-stress, according to the poll of 2,000 women with the average age of 38, by health magazine Top Sante.
It is the pressure of city life and it is forcing one in three young women in Birmingham to hit the bottle.
Elsewhere Zoe caught pneumonia, Phil hit the bottle (after hitting his very flimsy-looking fridge, and an even flimsier-looking Mark Fowler), Billy was lonely and Mel told Steve she wanted a divorce.
Perry, who plays Chandler in the TV series, hit the bottle when he shot to fame overnight in 1995.