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Booze, drugs and authors


My colleague Beth Carswell has carefully crafted an article about authors and their love of drinks and drugs. Enjoy. Of all the boozed up writers, I’m sure a day in the company of Kingsley Amis would have been the most entertaining.

Of all the mind-altering materials authors dabble in, the most prevalent is of course, the sauce. Alcoholic authors seem a dime a dozen: the likes of Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herman Melville, Kingsley Amis and more have struggled with alcohol addiction. Amis even wrote books about the joys and pitfalls of being a drinker. His Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis is as funny and witty as it is educational, with chapters titled ‘The Hangover’ ‘The Boozing Man’s Diet’, and more.

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