Punish a Bottle
(To). To drink a bottle of wine or spirits. When the contents have been punished, the empty bottles are “dead men.”
“After we'd punished a couple of bottles of old Crow whisky ... he caved in all of a sudden [he got completely powerless].” —The Barton Experiment, chap. xiv.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894