Numerous folks became popular in spite of (or occasionally mainly because of) their alcoholism. Right here is a quick list:
Ulysses S. Grant. 18th president of the United States (1869-1877). His drinking appears to have been brought on by boredom. In other words, when he wasn't busy, he drank. It did interfere with his function adequate that he was relieved of his military duties in 1854. The Civil War came along and his drinking lessened, but did not cease. He drank, but continued to function, all through the Civil War, emerging a hero. Voted to the presidency in 1868, he died shortly soon after his second term of throat cancer.
Edgar Allen Poe. Interestingly adequate, Poe's father was an alcoholic, displaying however once again the strength of a genetic hyperlink for the illness. Poe himself was raised by buddies of his birth loved ones. He created many attempts at the military, but his drinking at some point got him drummed out. He published substantially of his now-popular literature in amongst bouts of drinking. In 1849, at age 40, he was identified lying unconscious on a Baltimore street and taken to the hospital, exactly where he died.
John Daly. PGA golfer and admitted alcoholic, John started drinking at an early age. Beer at age eight, then wine, then whiskey at age 14. His history has been a single of large ups and downs. He won significant tournaments, then got arrested for alcohol-connected crimes. He has been suspended from the PGA extra than when, and even involved in scuffles with fans. His marriages have all dissolved into divorce, and his self-absorption with each gambling and alcohol look fated to bring him extra troubles in life.
Stephen King. However one more popular writer, this time born in 1947. As early as 1975 (age 28) he had issues with alcohol. He admits he was drunk when he delivered his mother's eulogy. King fought several addictions, like alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Following a loved ones intervention he got sober in the late 80's and has remained sober considering that.
Joseph Stalin. The son of an alcoholic father, his birth name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. He adopted the name Joseph Stalin (“Man of Steel”) in the early 1900's as he moved toward Marxism. He was jealous and insecure, regrettably increasing to a position of such energy that he could either exile or execute these who he felt threatened him. Stalin died all of a sudden in 1953, and no definitive result in of death has ever been released to the West.
Senator Joe McCarthy. A U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, McCarthy became the face of anti-Communist sentiment in the 1950s. His Senate hearings have been known as “witch hunts”. Even though his alcoholism has in no way been officially confirmed, he did demonstrate a lot of of the classic symptoms, such as anxiousness and paranoia. He was only 48 years old when he died of acute hepatitis it need to be noted that this is a prevalent complication of alcoholism, and that is typically regarded as to be what killed him.
Bonnie Prince Charlie. Charles Edward Stuart, The Young Pretender, The King More than the Water. Recognized by a lot of names, he was the leader of the Jacobites in a single of the bloodiest battles in Scottish history–Culloden, exactly where the Prince's Jacobite forces have been annihilated by Cumberland's army. It was soon after Culloden that Charles' drinking took him on a downward spiral. His wife took their daughter Charlotte and left him in the mid-1700s. He died in exile in Rome in 1788.
All of these folks are or have been strong in their personal rights, even taking into consideration their drinking habits. Just consider what they could have achieved had they not succumbed to the lure of alcohol.