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In vino veritas?

There’s long been speculation about the existence of a mysterious “Churchill gene” which enables some people to remain healthy and brilliant despite alcohol consumption that would kill others. Other than the great man himself, who quipped “always remember that I have taken more alcohol than it has taken out of me,” William Faulkner, Mark Twain, Graham Greene, Beethoven, Van Gough, Jason Pollock and Francis Bacon also appear to have fit the mould. Drinking, it seemed, enhanced their creativity, rather than vice versa.

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