A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 19, 2011
Drink Every Afternoon (Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA nickname)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was formed in 1973 to combat drug smuggling. The DEA nickname “Drunk Every Afternoon” has been cited in print since at least 1993. “DEA—Drink Every Afternoon” has appeared on T-shirts since at least 2003.

The DEA has also been nicknamed “Don’t Expect Anything” (cited in print since at least 1988).


Wikipedia: Drug Enforcement Administration
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States. Not only is the DEA the lead agency for domestic enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it also has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing U.S. drug investigations abroad.

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What does DEA stand for?
DEA Drink Every Afternoon Miscellaneous » Unfiled

Urban Dictionary
DEA
drink every afternoon.
DEA! FUCK YEAH!
by yeeeeebaby Jul 30, 2009

CafePress
DEA Drink Every Afternoon Gifts

Google Books
Swordfish:
A true story of ambition, savagery, and betrayal

By David McClintick
New York, NY: Pantheon Books
1993
Pg. 25:
DEA agents called FBI agents “Fucking Blithering Idiots,” “Famous But Incompetent,” “fibbies,” and “feebs” for “feebleminded.” FBI agents called DEA agents “Drunk Every Afternoon” “Don’t Expect Anything,” and “cowboys.”

Google Books
Special Agent:
My life on the front lines as a woman in the FBI

By Candice DeLong and Elisa Petrini
New York, NY: Hyperion
2001
Pg. 217:
“DEA— doesn’t that stand for ‘Don’t Expect Anything’? Or is it ‘Drunk Every Afternoon’?”

The DEA agent shot back: “FBI — doesn’t that stand for ‘Famous but Incompetent’?”

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From: The Makule Guy
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 20:37:29 -1000
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I do have a very nice DEA T-shirt… That’s “Drink Every Afternoon”...

MilitaryPhotos.net
Laconian
02-13-2006

DEA: Don’t Expect Anything
Drunk Every Afternoon

Google Books
Midnight on the Line:
The secret life of the U.S.-Mexico border

By Tim Gaynor
New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books
2009
Pg. 64:
One ubiquitous shirt is stamped FBI, which in Tijuana stands for “Female Body Inspector,” another is marked DEA. The kicker? “Drunk Every Afternoon.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Tuesday, April 19, 2011 • Permalink