We kill parents, and we maim them; all with the best intent. We simply need to be rid of them. (Strictly speaking we don’t, of course. It’s just more of a challenge to work around parents who are present at all times.)
But how drunk can we make them? (Parents don’t get drunk. Don’t be silly, Witch.)
In ‘problem’ books you may have alcoholic parents. I don’t think it happens much, but they are allowed to have a drinking problem if it aids the purpose of the plot. Jacqueline Wilson will let her current parent do almost anything if it is part of the problem of the book. But we don’t have drinking purely for the sake of drinking.
It was while reading my current book that I came across this new – to me – phenomenon. A fictional parent who was drunk just for the fun of it. Obviously, the author was removing the parent from being ‘all there.’ And at least they didn’t have to kill them instantly.
The only reason it seemed strange was because it’s not the done fictional thing. They needed to be there, to confirm something, but to be sufficiently far gone that they couldn’t dispense the sensible advice someone was looking for.
I’m not telling you which book, for fear of serving up an unintended spoiler. But believe me, it’s a fantastic novel, and I’m enjoying it a lot.