There is an old story, "Paradox" by James E. Gunn, that was originally published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, October 1949 (as by Edwin James).
The protagonist, the ironically named Sam Bright, is not a drunk, but he is aggressively uneducated and has no use for thinking. He is a petty thief with excellent manual dexterity and lots of practical burglary experience.
One day he "steals" an experimental rocket, essentially by breaking in looking for something valuable and accidentally triggering the launch procedure. At the same time an alien civilization has received orders to progress from observing Earth to kidnapping and studying the next subject to leave Earth by rocket. So they end up with Sam.
The aliens are telepathic, and between interrogating Sam, they try to demonstrate the superiority of their society and technology. Except Sam doesn't care, doesn't spend any time thinking about the answers he gives them, and eventually starts to drive the ones who deal with him the most insane, starting with a composer (the most sensitive) and the psychologist who tried the hardest to understand him.
The story ends:
Somewhere out in space a thought message winged its way toward its far distant goal:
From: Commander, Exploration Party 3-127h
To: Bureau of Exploration, Intelligence Division
Emergency message emergency. Disaster has struck our expedition. Keep away! Steer clear of this system. One by one the men are falling around me, insane in such proportions as our civilization has never seen, a contagion caught from a member of the race inhabiting the third planet of this system.
Kee—p away! There is no escape, no remedy. I am prepared to destroy the ship and all it contains if I should succumb. Should my finger relax. Kee—p away! Steer clear. No escape.
First the composer. Then the psychologist. It's an odd world, a world of twin realities, where the contradictions are only apparent. To recognize it one must split the ego, the mind itself. Ah! Now I begin to see. It is all
clear. The twin realities. Kee—p away! Kee-pa-way cree-pa-way stay-a-way way-a...
(Where the last line is a mantra that Sam chanted to himself when he was reminding himself not to get caught at something.)