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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Prozess View Post
    And you think solitude doesn't cause pain?
    Solitude is a cause of pain, but not the pain.

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    Think same thing as usual. Relief. That they are also creative is coincidental.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannah_arendt View Post
    Solitude is a cause of pain, but not the pain.
    So how does solitude make people want to drink in your estimation?

    Obviously solitude does not always cause pain.
    Last edited by Der Prozess; 08-06-2013 at 11:30 PM.

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    Not everyone who experiences solitude and writes, drinks do they?
    Before sunlight can shine through a window, the blinds must be raised - American Proverb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta40 View Post
    Not everyone who experiences solitude and writes, drinks do they?
    Nope.

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    Then It's how the person themself responds to solitude.
    Before sunlight can shine through a window, the blinds must be raised - American Proverb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta40 View Post
    Then It's how the person themself responds to solitude.
    The concept of solitude in relation to drinking was not my suggestion and I honestly disagree with it. You may wish to discuss this with the member who instigated the thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta40 View Post
    Not everyone who experiences solitude and writes, drinks do they?
    Of course that not every writer feeling alone starts drinking. However it happens sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta40 View Post
    Then It's how the person themself responds to solitude.
    No, it is a matter of brain chemistry; how the brain responds to alcohol and other chemicals. It has nothing to do with solitude or writing.

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    I once read that creative geniuses are more prone to depression and other mental illnesses

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    There's the prevailing culture, and also the outsider stimulus. I'm not saying that they drank to achieve outsider insights, but, as part of the culture of drinking, they perhaps found it useful to participate in order to clarify their view, or they found it clarified their view.

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    Is there a statistic saying x% are alcoholics? Because I think alcoholism in literature is still a minor factor. Writers are human after all, aren't they?

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    What about the nature of the writers' drinking culture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebogipfel View Post
    Is there a statistic saying x% are alcoholics? Because I think alcoholism in literature is still a minor factor. Writers are human after all, aren't they?

    There are statistics, and writers aren't very high on the list of professions with lots of alcoholics. I posted links to a couple of sturdies earlier, but I can't remember who is tops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    There are statistics, and writers aren't very high on the list of professions with lots of alcoholics. I posted links to a couple of sturdies earlier, but I can't remember who is tops.
    In Poland policemen are considered to be acoholics, without insulting anybody of course.

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