W H Auden, the famed English poet, the day started with a dose of Benzedrine; that is to say: speed. He then fuelled himself to work with coffee and cigs, before starting on the martinis at 6, following on with litres of vino, then popping a Seconal (a downer) at about 11, so he could sleep. Fitfully.
The painter Francis Bacon would have laughed at Auden’s puritan
sobriety. He commenced work at the crack of dawn (and he worked hard)
but by 11am he was ready to “socialise”. First a friend came over to
splice a bottle of wine. Then he repaired to a Soho restaurant for a
long boozy lunch, drank through the afternoon, before dining out, going
to a nightclub, necking some more wine, moving onto spirits, then
visiting a casino, then having another liquor-fuelled meal at a bistro,
then popping some sleepers to help him snore away the grog.
It is reliably estimated Francis Bacon drank six bottles of wine a day. He also died at the age of 83, and created some of the most valuable paintings in history.
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