Does Drinking Improve Writing?

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1937, June 4

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Why are many creative writers alcoholics?
I don’t think I’ll be one but I admit I’m a hard drinker. The pressure and anxiety produced by the publishing business is one reason said one writer. I think writing under influence helps us concentrate and ‘think freely’ too.

‘It’s unclear. Great American novelists have been hitting the bottle pretty regularly over the last few decades. According to one study, 71 percent of prominent 20th-century American writers at least flirted with alcoholism. (Only 8 percent of the general population abuses alcohol.) Ernest Hemingway once wrote to F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Of course you’re a rummy. But you’re no more of a rummy than Joyce is and most good writers are.” Despite such colorful anecdotal evidence, it’s extremely difficult to prove that booze helped these writers along. Many have suggested that great writers tend to suffer from underlying psychiatric disorders that increase both their creativity and their likelihood to drink. Others note that both writers and alcoholics are typically loners, so it’s no surprise that the categories would coincide. Laboratory studies have failed to settle the debate. It’s difficult to measure creativity and even harder to establish a placebo group—the subjects are often college students, who have a keen sense for whether or not their drinks have been spiked…’
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2011/12/christoper_hitchens_claimed_drinking_helped_his_writing_is_that_true_.html

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