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    The drunkards and drug addicts game...

    Not all poets and writers or other artist were alcoholics and drug addicts, were they?

    Maybe we could take turns to add the name of an artist,poet or writer who had problems with drinking or was addicted to drugs. Try not to duplicate if possible, and give a little bit of information about how big a boozer or a drug-fiend they were.

    I'll start:

    Dylan Thomas. He seems to have died of a severe case of alcoholism.

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    Edgar Allan Poe. His drinking caused him job appointments, engagements, were the source of marital problems and eventually became the possible cause of his death.
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    Oscar Wilde
    "never stopped smoking opium-tainted Egyptian cigarettes. A terrible absinthe-drinker, through which he got his visions and desires"

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    Hemmingway's alcoholism probably played a major role in his suicide. His portrait can still be found on signs and advertisements for two bars in Key West; Sloppy Joe's and Captain Tony's (the original Sloppy Joe's).

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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge started taking opium as a medication, as was common in his day. But he became addicted to it out of fascination of the effects the dreams had upon him when under the influence of the drug. His use of Opium cost him his friendhip with Wordsworth along with other friends and family

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    Quote Originally Posted by djy78usa View Post
    Hemmingway's alcoholism probably played a major role in his suicide. His portrait can still be found on signs and advertisements for two bars in Key West; Sloppy Joe's and Captain Tony's (the original Sloppy Joe's).
    Hemingway had his own daiquiri, the Papa Doble, which i think you can still order in Sloppy Joe's Key West. I think it's like a normal daiquiri but with more rum in it

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    Thomas De Quincey, who wrote 'Confessions of an English Opium Eater', had an addiction to opium for most of his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silas Thorne View Post
    Dylan Thomas. He seems to have died of a severe case of alcoholism.
    Ah, poor old Dylan - a lifelong alcoholic from a very early age.

    F Scott Fitzgerald, a binge-drinking alkie.

    And a word for a Kiwi who I'm sure nobody else will mention, A K Grant, a great satirist and novelist whose alcoholism probably caused the fatal crash which killed him and his wife.
    Go to work, get married, have some kids, pay your taxes, pay your bills, watch your tv, follow fashion, act normal, obey the law and repeat after me: "I am free."

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    Cheever didn't mind a drink though i believe he cleaned up later on in life.

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    "I've had 18 straight whiskies......I think that's the record." The last words of Dylan Thomas always amuse me.

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    Jack Kerouac - died at 47 .. too much booze... think it was internal bleeding that killed him brought on by an alcohol related disease

    Hunter S Thompson ... although it was probably the drink and drugs that actually kept him going
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    Eugene O'Neill (amongst other problems)

    Seems that in American plays most of the characters are alcoholic

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    James Joyce, everyone's favorite Irish booze hound.
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    How about Brendan Behan, with his notorious drinking habits? He described himself as "a drinker with a writing problem" and claimed "I only drink on two occasions-when I'm thirsty and when I'm not") His fame grew along with his alcohol consumption, resulting in numerous drunken public appearances, both on stage and on television. This did little to improve his health, and diabetic comas and seizures befell him regularly.

    He once wrote: "An Anglo-Irishman only works at riding horses, drinking whisky and reading double-meaning books in Irish at Trinity College".

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    Stephen King. Read "On Writing" where he tells of his cocaine and drink problems almost costing him his marriage.

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