Addiction, Alcohol, and Authors


You didn’t ask directly about gender, but I’ll answer anyway: I stuck with men for a more personal reason, which is that my experience as a child was with a female alcoholic and the subject was just too painful for me. That’s a book I hope someone writes.

Buzzfeed’s interview with Olivia Laing, author of The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, goes well with our own recent interview with her.

Both offer painful but fascinating insights into the psyches of alcoholic authors, and many writers’ ongoing quest to walk the line between addiction and art.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →