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More than one in ten Caucasians may have a “Churchill gene” which helps them turn booze into great works

Winston Churchill, the toast of Britian, owed his six volume memoirs to booze

Most people use alcohol as a social rather than creative stimulant, banishing cares with a potation or two after work; lubricating discourse rather than inspiring the intellect. Yet a number of our greatest writers, painters and musicians also seem to have relied on it as fuel for their muse. Winston Churchill claimed it crucial for The World Crisis, his six-volume memoirs, stating: “always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than it has taken out of me.” Novelist William Faulkner drank more intermittently, but claimed not to be ab le to face a blank page without a bottle of Jack Daniels. Beethoven fell under the influence in the later part of his creative life. Among painters, Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon and many others liked a drop or two while working.

Such figures make

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  1. September 2, 2009

    Sean Swan

    “some drinking artists of the present could step forward for the mu-opioid receptor gene test…”

    Yes, I’m all for performing a premortum autopsy on Christopher Hitchens.

  2. September 6, 2009


    This is fascinating and seems to hold true for me: a drink or two is helpful to creativity and “looseness” in music. But one drink too many and the art becomes to “loose” and just plain sloppy.

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