Artists have long been known to indulge in drugs (including alcohol) for their transformative powers. They bring you to a place of ultimate creativity. Alcohol is one of those drugs. Sure, it can be dangerous. We want to recognize that. However, we really like how alcohol can bring a group of people together.
On this page, we have a few excerpts from famous alcoholics and enjoyers of life. Many are inspiring and some highlight the not so inspiring side of drinking.
Create the Joy You Long For
Hangover Throat is an amusing phrase. It captures that feeling you have the morning after a night of excess alcohol intake, but also the feeling of joy that wells up in your chest remembering good times.
Alcohol is not essential to your happiness.
Yet working peoples have communed over food and drink for most of history. In early modern Europe, beer and wine were more prevalent than water due to poor sanitary conditions.
Alcohol is integrated into the everyday in many places, whether as something to wind down after a long day of work or integrated into the workplace. In other places, it is outlawed or access is severely restricted.
Coffee, tea, and alcohol establishments have long been hangouts for writers, travelers, adventurers, and admirers of the world. In these shops, people shared news stories and ideas spread hither and thither.
Alcohol accompanies many a great times.
Yet it is not central to those experiences, it is supplemental and enhances the experience. Drugs of all sorts offer this benefit.
While some of the people on this list were certainly alcoholics, this is no reason to demonize them. We celebrate the low brow. These are people who accomplished great things. Hangover Throat is not here to judge and we encourage you not to judge people either. Of course, there is a time and a place.
Tolerance of intolerance will not be tolerated.
We are in the business of creating communities of love and acceptance. Accepting the negative sides of a person or lifestyle as essential to living a full life.
We celebrate difference.
We understand how differences make the world a more vibrant place. A minute difference in perspective changes everything. And we want to change everything.
This section of our website is dedicated to artists of various stripes. As it grows and develops, we hope you will grow and develop with us.
Living Life to Its Fullest
lighting new cigarettes
pouring more drinks
it has been a beautiful fight
I think a man can keep on drinking for centuries, he’ll never die; especially wine or beer…I like drunkards, man, because drunkards, they come out of it, and they’re sick and they spring back, they spring back and forth…If I hadn’t been a drunkard, I probably would have committed suicide long ago.
Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)
Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.
I drank my sorrows but the damn things learned how to swim.
Hunter S Thompson
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.
I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may whet my mind and say something clever.
Alcohol removes inhibitions—like that scared little mouse who got drunk and shook his whiskers and shouted: ‘Now bring on that damn cat!
Let go of the things that make you feel dead! Life is worth living!
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