Infographic: A Reader’s Guide to Authors and Alcohol

A famous quote “write drunk, edit sober,” widely attributed to Ernest Hemingway, is both adored and hated. (Me, I prefer the apocryphal Hunter S Thompson quote.)

The following infographic from Signature Reads details some of the more famous (or perhaps notorious) connections between writers’ works, musings, and tidbits, and alcohol.

Writers and booze have mixed in profusion since man achieved those twin pinnacles of culture: written language and distillation. Sometimes they go together well, like bourbon and bitters in a finely wrought Old Fashioned. Other times? Well, it doesn’t take more than a skim through a few writers’ biographies to see how destructive the bottle can be.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Lemondrop7 February, 2017

    Yay! Liver cancer.

    1. Nate Hoffelder7 February, 2017

      Alcohol can give you cirrhosis of the liver, not liver cancer.

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