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I drink, therefore I can

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

By Philip Hunter   May 2009

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…

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