Do Writers Really Drink? Are We Alcoholics? Is the Stereotype True?

Yes, yes it is… in fact, so many of the many great American writers that we know of set the tone for this truth. But, before I can explain to you what the research says, allow me to explain the psychology behind being a writer. I want to answer your, “what makes someone just sit there and type?”

Apparently, most writers choose to write because there’s a drive for something great, it could be anything like prestige, power, fame, or a declaration of self. Most writers pick up the keyboard in order to release repressed emotions that can’t otherwise be verbalized or to find themselves through their art. Psychologists have found underlying themes of manic depression in most great American writers along with a glass of alcohol to fix their issues.

In today’s time, it is becoming more and more common to run into a writer seeing as though media is making it easier by the day to share articles, talk about their work, submit, and find agents. It can be taxing to not only receive rewards from sharing work and receiving recognition but also finding the energy to keep creating.

Most of the time, when you think about a writer you’re probably thinking about this man.

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We’ve all visualized something similar. The guy that sits in a cloud of smoke and a glass of beer nearby just to get through the next manuscript. But, today, writers are becoming more and more diversified in that they are your average everyday joes.

In fact, millennials are more likely to be your writers because we have the progressive mentalities to create articles about current events, political climates, and social reforms. So, does this mean that my generation is drinking?

According to the statistics, yes, yes, we are. In fact, we’re drinking more at a younger age with a diverse choice of alcohol.

It’s sad to say, but we have not changed the stereotype. Us writers are still, alcoholics.




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