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On January 14, 2012, Ed Sheeran announced on Twitter that his single, "Drunk" would be released as the fourth single from his debut album + saying "So my next single is Drunk, I got 2 music videos coming for you..... :)". The official music video, released on 23 January 2012 features a cat who takes Ed out and gets him drunk to distract him from a break-up. The girl in the video, is the singer supporting him on his recent tour, Nina Nesbitt. This happens to be his first music video that he fully starred in. Another video was released several days before made by his cousin. The music video featured a mash up of clips from his UK tour.
Sheeran performed the song live for The Graham Norton Show on 27 January 2012. He performed the single live on the 25 February 2012 on Let's Dance for Sport Relief.
A music video was released for the song on 20 January 2012 with Nina Nesbitt.
The video starts with Ed coming home and sitting down on the couch, depressed. As he opens a can of beer, he notices his cat talking to him. Together they drink beer and do various activities, and later they go to a pub. Ed and his cat are kicked out when a person takes a photo of Ed and his cat starts a fight with that person. They bring several women and cats home to party and Ed starts hallucinating from his intoxication. The video ends with Ed waking up on the same couch with his cat next to him and a can of beer on the table. Throughout the video, Ed continues to have flashbacks of a particular woman and looks depressed immediately after, implying that she is Ed's ex-girlfriend who recently broke up with him.
Robert Copsey of Digital Spy blog gave the song a positive review stating:
Because, unsurprisingly, his need for the sauce is lack of females-related rather than a newfound desire to hit the boozy celeb hot spots and party in the club with an entourage of cling-ons. "A house gets cold when you cut the heating/ Without you to hold I'll be freezing," he mourns over crisp acoustics with a vocal that sounds like he's already been at it for quite some time already. But as that music video demonstrates, his success is in finding the funny side of it.
|Charts (2012)|| Peak|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||22|
|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||56|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||23|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||13|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||9|
|US Rock Songs (Billboard)||26|