Tag Archives: alcohol

Liptrot, Amy. The Outrun


At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney’s wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.

Publisher: Canongate Books
Year: 2016
ISBN-10: 178211548X

Galloway, Janice. The Trick is to Keep Breathing

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From the corner of a darkened room Joy Stone watches herself. As memories of the deaths of her lover and mother surface unbidden, life for Joy narrows – to negotiating each day, each encounter, each second; to finding the trick to keep living. Told with shattering clarity and wry wit, this is a Scottish classic fit for our time.

Publisher: Vintage Classics
Year: 2015
ISBN-10: 1784870137

Cohn, Peter (dir). Drunks


At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does – and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, searching for some solace in his old stomping grounds, bars and parks where he bought drugs, the meeting goes on, and we hear the stories of survivors and addicts – some, like Louis, who claim to have wandered in looking for choir practice, who don’t call themselves alcoholic, and others, like Joseph, whose drinking almost caused the death of his child – as they talk about their lives at the meeting.

Producers: Peter Cohn
Year: 1995
Director: Peter Cohn
Writer: Gary Lennon

Mandoki, Luis (dir). When a Man Loves a Woman


An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter’s safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior.

Producers: Jon Avnet
Year: 1994
Director: Luis Mandoki
Writer: Ronald Bass, Al Franken

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Koster, Henry (dir). Harvey


Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six-foot rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane – but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

Producers: John Beck
Year: 1950
Director: Henry Koster
Writer: Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney, Myles Connolly

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Lowry, M. Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano is a 1947 semi-autobiographical novel by English writer Malcolm Lowry. The novel tells the story of Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic British consul in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac, on the Day of the Dead in 1938.

Author: Lowry, Malcolm
Title: Under the Volcano
Publisher: London, etc., Picador, etc.
Year: 1993
ISBN: 0330313177

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Scary front cover.

Hogarth, W. Gin Lane

This print by William Hogarth was produced in 1751, a piece of visual propaganda to support the passage of a piece of legislation to control the supply of gin. (It’s companion piece is ‘Beer Street’ a much more positive image of the impact of ‘honest ale’). In this image we see babies dropped to their death, impaled on a spike by a madman, fed gin to quiet them – all as a consequence of ‘mother’s ruin’. Hogarth is a fascinating artist with a fantastic eye for hypocrisy and cant, his work  contains a wealth of references to health and medicine.

This Day are publish’d, Price 1 s. each.
Two large Prints, design’d and etch’d by Mr. Hogarth called
A Number will be printed in a better Manner for the Curious, at 1s. 6d. each.
And on Thursday following will be publish’d four Prints on the Subject of Cruelty,
Price and Size the same.
N.B. As the Subjects of these Prints are calculated to
reform some reigning Vices peculiar to the lower Class of People, in hopes to render
them of more extensive use, the Author has published them in the cheapest Manner
To be had at the Golden Head in Leicester-Fields, Where may be had all
his other Works.

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