Saturday, September 23, 2006


The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. ~Author Unknown

If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. ~Author Unknown


O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts! ~William Shakespeare, Othello

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. ~Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald


Your body is a temple, but keep the spirits on the outside. ~Author Unknown








"It is never too late to be what we might have been."
~ George Eliot ~


TW (1977): "I put a lot into 'Bad Liver and a Broken Heart'. I tried to resolve a few things as far as this cocktail-lounge, maudlin, crying-in-your-beer image that I have. There ain't nothin' funny about a drunk. You know, I was really starting to believe that there was something amusing and wonderfully American about a drunk. I ended up telling myself to cut that shit out. On top of everything else, talking about boozing substantiates the rumours that people hear about you, and people hear that I'm a drunk. So I directed that song as much to the people that listen to me and think they know me as much as I directed it to myself." (Source: "Smelling like a brewery, lookin' like a tramp". Rolling Stone: David McGee. January, 1977)
At peak times 8 out of 10 admissions to the Emergency Room are a result of drinking costing the UK £12 billion a year.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsAlcohol Concern & Prime Ministers Strategy Unit

Tom Waits (1985): "They don't want you to sober up. Even though you've kept to your word that you'd write no more booze songs… You can't really, you know, be too concerned with what people really think of you, you just kinda have to pursue your own… you're on your own adventure of growth and discovery. Like Charles Bukowski said: 'people think I'm down on 5th and Main at the Blarneystone. throwin' back shooters and smokin' a cigar, but I'm on the top floor of the health club with a towel in my lap, watchin' Johnny Carson.' So I mean, it's not always good to be where they think you are, especially if you subscribe to it as well, which is easily done coz, y'know, you don't have to figure out who you are, you just ask somebody else… "

Vices are their own punishment.

An alcoholic is anyone you don't like who drinks more than you do."
~ Dylan Thomas ~

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy. ~Chinese Proverb

Near our vineyard there was a pear tree laden with fruit that was not attractive in either flavor or form. One night, when I [at the age of sixteen] had played until dark on the sandlot with some other juvenile delinquents, we went to shake that tree and carry off its fruit. From it we carried off huge loads, not to feast on, but to throw to the pigs, although we did eat a few ourselves. We did it just because it was forbidden.

WE [MOI], AS A GROUP, DO NOT RECOMMEND... VERILY, WE REPUDIATE ANY ANIMAL/MINERAL /VEGETABLE/SYNTHETIC SUBSTANCE, VEHICLE and/or PROCEDURE WHICH MIGHT TEND TO REDUCE THE BODY, MIND OR SPIRIT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL (any true individual) TO A STATE OF SUB-AWARNESS OR INSENSITIVITY ... that is to say WE ARE HERE TO TURN YOU LOOSE NOT TURN YOU ON

- Frank Zappa


My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication--it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness--it is all that i have--and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.

- Franz Kafka


You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye

- Hunter S. Thompson




I don't take drugs as an escape trick, like some cheap magician on a cruise ship. I take drugs to find gold, like a greedy prospector in the backcountry. There are those who take drugs to be cool and those who take drugs to expand. I am not James Dean. I'm a balloon. And god has a mouth on my hole. And is blowing. And filling me up. And filling me up. One day I will explode. And then I will be free.

- Robert Sedlack, "The African Safari Papers"

In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than have died for their religion or their country.

- Aldous Huxley