"Drinks" is the sixth episode of the D Series of QI and the 42nd episode overall. It was first broadcast on BBC Four on 27 October 2006, and was broadcast on BBC Two on 3 November 2006. There were no new panellists. The episode marked the second win for Alan Davies, following "Aviation", and only the seventh time he had ever got a positive score. The episode was preceded by "Death" and followed by "Differences".

The set was drinks-themed: behind Fry was a drinks rack and a dartboard, and each panellist had a pint of lager, other than Davies, who was given a martini.


Numbers in brackets mark appearances - e.g. "(2)" means "(second appearance)".

  1. Alan Davies (42): 10 points
  2. Jimmy Carr (5): 2 points
  3. John Sessions (7): -3 points
  4. Phill Jupitus (9): -15 points


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  • A house sparrow knocked over 23,000 dominoes in Holland. After they tried to capture the sparrow, a man shot it and was fined €200. The sparrow was stuffed and shown at a display during 2006.
  • You are not allowed to drink whilst playing darts. It was caused by a sketch from Not the Nine O'Clock News which featured darts players drinking heavily as opposed to actually playing darts, and it ruined the view of the game, so drinking was banned. You are also not allowed to wear a hat, unless you are a Sikh.
  • The connection between Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Manet, Strindberg, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine and Kylie Minogue is Absinthe. All except Minogue were known absintheurs, whilst Minogue played the Green Fairy in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!
  • The Great Binge (1870–1914) is a period in history given by social historians, due to Absinthe in Europe and other dangerous drugs such as heroin being commercially available. Heroin is a brand name.
  • The vomit comet is used to train astronauts.
  • The Great Stink occurred in 1858 when Parliament was trying to be held, but the smell of faeces was so bad they had to stop.[1]
  • Burnley miners' club drinks more Bénédictine than any other single outlet in the world.
  • DORA banned invisible ink and binoculars. It also brought in the Licensing laws and British Summer Time.

General IgnoranceEdit

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  • A vomitorium is a passage situated below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre, through which the crowds could "spew out" at the end of a show.
  • The single largest man-made structure on the planet is the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island.[2]
  • You should not drink seawater if you are dehydrated.[3]
  • Alcohol does not kill brain cells.


  1. He who smelt it, dealt it
  2. The Great Wall of China
  3. Alcohol
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