Quotes About Alcoholism

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Charles Bukowski
“I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn't have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didn't make for an interesting person. I didn't want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone. On the other hand, when I got drunk I screamed, went crazy, got all out of hand. One kind of behavior didn't fit the other. I didn't care.”
Charles Bukowski, Women

Truman Capote
“But I'm not a saint yet. I'm an alcoholic. I'm a drug addict. I'm homosexual. I'm a genius.”
Truman Capote, Music for Chameleons

Carrie Fisher
Karl Marx: "Religion is the opiate of the masses."

Carrie Fisher: "I did masses of opiates religiously.”
Carrie Fisher, Postcards from the Edge

Ernest Hemingway
“This is a good place," he said.
"There's a lot of liquor," I agreed.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Raymond Chandler
“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can't predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.”
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Denise Hildreth Jones
“Some things just couldn't be protectd from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off...Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.”
Denise Hildreth Jones

Craig Ferguson
“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven't touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

Russell Brand
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
Russell Brand

Christopher Hitchens
“Hitch: making rules about drinking can be the sign of an alcoholic,' as Martin Amis once teasingly said to me. (Adorno would have savored that, as well.) Of course, watching the clock for the start-time is probably a bad sign, but here are some simple pieces of advice for the young. Don't drink on an empty stomach: the main point of the refreshment is the enhancement of food. Don't drink if you have the blues: it's a junk cure. Drink when you are in a good mood. Cheap booze is a false economy. It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone: these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. Hangovers are another bad sign, and you should not expect to be believed if you take refuge in saying you can't properly remember last night. (If you really don't remember, that's an even worse sign.) Avoid all narcotics: these make you more boring rather than less and are not designed—as are the grape and the grain—to enliven company. Be careful about up-grading too far to single malt Scotch: when you are voyaging in rough countries it won't be easily available. Never even think about driving a car if you have taken a drop. It's much worse to see a woman drunk than a man: I don't know quite why this is true but it just is. Don't ever be responsible for it.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Anthony Kiedis
“There's not alcoholic in the world who wants to be told what to do. Alcoholics are sometimes described as egomaniacs with inferiority complexes. Or, to be cruder, a piece of shit that the universe revolves around.”
Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue

Caroline Knapp
“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”
Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story

Tennessee Williams
“Mendacity is a system that we live in," declares Brick. "Liquor is one way out an'death's the other.”
Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Craig Ferguson
“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn't matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

Andrew Solomon
“People with family histories of alcoholism tend to have lower levels of endorphins- the endogenous morphine that is responsible for many of our pleasure responses- than do people genetically disinclined to alcoholism. Alcohol will slightly raise the endorphin level of people without the genetic basis for alcoholism; it will dramatically raise the endorphin level of people with that genetic basis. Specialists spend a lot of time formulating exotic hypotheses to account for substance abuse. Most experts point out, strong motivations for avoiding drugs; but there are also strong motivations for taking them. People who claim not to understand why anyone would get addicted to drugs are usually people who haven't tried them or who are genetically fairly invulnerable to them.”
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

Roddy Doyle
“One day at a time, sweet Jesus. Whoever wrote that one hadn’t a clue. A day is a fuckin’ eternity”
Roddy Doyle, Paula Spencer

Robert Frost
“The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.”
Robert Frost

Augusten Burroughs
“And in my mind, this settles the issue. I would never drink cologne, and am therefore not an alcoholic.”
Augusten Burroughs, Dry

Craig Ferguson
“I knew that I had been partially right in the storeroom above the bar on Christmas Day.

Whoever I had become had to die.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

Russell Brand
“It is difficult to feel sympathy for these people. It is difficult to regard some bawdy drunk and see them as sick and powerless. It is difficult to suffer the selfishness of a drug addict who will lie to you and steal from you and forgive them and offer them help. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing? Would Great Ormond Street be so attractive a cause if its beds were riddled with obnoxious little criminals that had “brought it on themselves?”
Russell Brand

Dave Matthes
“...you're either gonna spend your life fucking pussy, or taking it to church.”
Dave Matthes, Bar Nights

Carrie Fisher
“I mean, that's at least in part why I ingested chemical waste - it was a kind of desire to abbreviate myself. To present the CliffNotes of the emotional me, as opposed to the twelve-column read.
I used to refer to my drug use as putting the monster in the box. I wanted to be less, so I took more - simple as that. Anyway, I eventually decided that the reason Dr. Stone had told me I was hypomanic was that he wanted to put me on medication instead of actually treating me. So I did the only rational thing I could do in the face of such as insult - I stopped talking to Stone, flew back to New York, and married Paul Simon a week later.”
Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

Robert Louis Stevenson
“If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

Koren Zailckas
“I'm sick of the ignorance that lack of funding has generated, of the fathers who apporach me at dinner parties with their four-year-old girls clasped to their pant legs and say, "Yeah, but studies say kids can buy drugs more easily than they can buy alcohol." To which I always respond, "I guess that means you keep heroin in your liquor cabinet?”
Koren Zailckas, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Tennessee Williams
“A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young and believing”
Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Craig Ferguson
“I found the prospect daunting, but somehow comforting, too, because the counselors insisted it could be done, and, after all, many of them were recovering alcoholics themselves.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

Russell Brand
“Spurred by Amy’s death I’ve tried to salvage unwilling victims from the mayhem of the internal storm and am always, always just pulled inside myself.”
Russell Brand

Richelle E. Goodrich
“The description of Huck’s father grabbed my full attention, and I glanced up at the book in my teacher’s hand as if to double check. My eyes bulged reflexively. Huck’s father was an abusive drunk just like mine. The boy was hopeful that a corpse found near the river was actually his dad, but it turned out not to be. It was spooky how high my hopes rose for the boy, and then sank so utterly low when the body was discovered to be a female in disguise. I should’ve mourned for the woman, but it was the boy I felt bad for.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher

Craig Ferguson
“Those unexpected morality lessons provided by the trip had jolted me into some kind of action. It was time to jettison the past before the present jettisoned me. This was my first veiled attempt at recovery. Although perhaps I was just running away again. I returned to Glasgow, planning to say a final goodbye to Anne and get out of her life, but ended up drinking with buddies in the Chip Bar and never seeing her. I called her instead to say I was moving to London and told her she could have the house and everything else we owned, which wasn't much. I think she was as relieved as I was that I was leaving town for good.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

Vicki Covington
“If there’s one thing I learned in Alanon, it’s that you got to face the music because it just grows louder when you ignore it.”
Vicki Covington, Bird of Paradise

Craig Ferguson
“I had lived in fear of the fabled terrifying visions that assail chronic drinkers, but which had not yet attacked me.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

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