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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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This week broken-hearted Becky loses the baby and hits the bottle.
She hits the bottle and douses their home in petrol before falling and knocking herself out.
Determined to resign, she hits the bottle and ends up in a diabetic coma on the floor of her office.
Joan Allen plays suburban housewife Terry who hits the bottle when her husband disappears, presumably with his secretary, and turns to her faded baseball star neighbour (Kevin Costner), who also likes the hard stuff, for solace.
Dad Tommy (Thomas Craig) hits the bottle, gets sacked and collapses in a stupor instead of taking son Craig (Richard Fleeshman) to football.
But when one gruesome murder hits close to home, he crumbles and hits the bottle.