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Stephen King on Drinking

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In his book On Writing, Stephen King confesses suffering from an alcohol addiction that nearly destroyed him. Thanks to a family intervention, though, he overcame it. Reflecting on the experience, King writes:

"It's been almost twelve years since I took a drink, and I'm still struck by disbelief when I see someone in a restaurant with a half-finished glass of wine near at hand. I want to get up, go over, and yell, 'Finish that! Why don't you finish that?' into his or her face. I found the idea of social drinking ludicrous -- if you didn't want to get drunk, why not just have a Coke?"

Source: On Writing, Stephen King (Scribner, 2000; Kindle edition, Loc. 1190)

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