Why Do Writers Drink So Much???

May 2nd, 2014 by Michael Tabor

Dylan Thomas succumbed to acute alcoholism and died on November 9, 1953 at the tender age of 39 shortly after consuming 18 straightalc2 whiskies at the famous writers bar in the village – The White Horse. Indeed the great Dylan Thomas had a plethora of health issues but it was ultimately the bottle that did him in.

Truman Capote, O. Henry, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler … just to mention some of the big names, all died of complications of alcoholism. Ernest Hemingway committed suicide (alcoholism is actually suicide, except it’s slow, long and brutal beyond comprehension) but he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver just prior to his pulling the trigger.
Not just writers, but artists, musicians, and essentially anyone who happens to be creative… historically seem to have this horribly nagging impulse to self – destruct and resort to drugs and alcohol. Nobody is immune to the disease of substance abuse, but I don’t think that anyone can deny the fact that artists and creative people imbibe more. Sadly, there is also a much higher incidence of suicide (but that’s another blog).
My thoughts are simple: creative and talented people live more intensely than people in other walks of life; his or her skin is thinner than most and hence Kurt Cobain, John Cheever, and Vincent Van Gogh are more in tune with the subtle nuances of the wicked, nasty, bad, ugly, and unspeakable cruelty of the world. But thankfully, artists and writers are also acutely aware of the ineffable kindness, benevolence, and beauty which makes this life livable. Speaking of Vincent Van Gogh, I can’t resist Don McClean’s “Starry Starry Night” I know this is not the most masculine thing to say or write, but I literally weep every time I hear this song.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ?


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One Response to “Why Do Writers Drink So Much???”

  1. Michael Tabor Says:

    Here is Don McClain’s Starry Starry night

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