to drown your sorrows meaning?

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What's the meaning of "to drown your sorrows" idiom? Please give me some examples!

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Idiom Scenario 1:


A friend has just arrived at another friend's apartment ...
Friend 1:  I heard you lost your job.
Friend 2:  Yes. I'm very sad.
Friend 1: It's a good thing I brought some beer. 
Friend 2: Excellent.  Now I can drown my sorrows.
Friend 1:  Good idea.  You can drink and forget your troubles.
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Idiom Definition:


"to drown your sorrows"
to try to counteract feelings of sadness by consuming alcohol - in the hopes of becoming so inebriated that the cause of the sadness is forgotten
Synonyms: alcohol, avoid, avert, booze, dodge, drink, evade, forget, hide, ignore, inebriate, insensate, self-medicate, shirk, spirits, withdraw
 



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Idiom Scenario 2:


Meet Joe.
Joe has just lost his job.
The bank is repossessing his house.
Joe's wife has decided she wants a divorce.
Joe was very sad.
Joe has been drowning his sorrows with a great quantity of beer.
Now Joe is feeling better.
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Idiom Scenario 3:

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Idiom Usage:

To drown your sorrows is informal.
 
It is also possible to drown one's sorrows using other consumables.
For example:
You could drown your sorrows with chocolate;
You could drown your sorrows by gambling;
Or others distractions that give the idea of excess consumption to provide distraction from sadness.
Alcohol is the most common.
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Drowning one's sorrows with alcohol usually doesn't work.
 
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