Will Wade has obviously never taken a literature class. Drinky Crow doesn't glorify alcoholism, it makes it hyperbolic. Drinky is guilt ridden and caught in a spiral of self doubt and depression. He alternately makes a stand on pointless issues to prove he is worth something or pretends apathy; he most often fails on both counts because of drinking. He is clearly a "good" person (or bird, as it were) who struggles with an addiction: in one episode is has an all-out battle with his brain as it demands that his body keeps consuming alcohol even though it is dying. He is unwillingly ambivalent and sadly aware of his apathy--he is also recognizes it's booze-ridden source. He feels broken after a string of bad relationships, parental and romantic, and his guilt leads to more drinking. He is surrounded by terrible influences and real-life stress. Uncle Gabby is the perfect enabler, and his wife/girlfriend is the unknowing one. Although the situations are extreme and often disgusting, we see just how twisted Drinky's reality is. Of course he escapes through drinking. This show is about alcoholism in its purest form, and Drinky Crow is far from lovable. However, the show is empathetic towards him as much and anyone can be empathetic towards alcoholics--they try and most often fail against a tide of circumstances that work against them. In the end, however, the cards dealt to Drinky are often a hand he builds for himself. It is a neverendin parade of bad decisions. His good-time buddies, the society around him and his well-intentioned but misunderstanding spouse pushes him to do what he loathes. Yet, in doing so his weakness is on full display.
In short, this show is misunderstood. This show is for intelligent adults, for sure, but Will Wade's review is pathetic. It's off the air, but freely available online. If you catch your child watching it, it can be a good opportunity to talk about binge drinking and what it leads to. Watching it with an 18 year old and discussing the main character may be appropriate. Just make sure your kid is smart. This comes from the crowd who produced Morel Orel, another very intelligent and potentially offensive animated show with a message.