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The existential drinker

Steven Earnshaw


Drinking to excess has been a striking problem for industrial and post-industrial societies – who is responsible when a ‘free’ individual opts for a slow suicide? The causes of such drinking have often been blamed on heredity, moral weakness, ‘disease’ (addiction), hedonism, and Romantic illusion. Yet there is another reason which may be more fundamental and which has been overlooked or dismissed, and it is that the drinker may act with sincere philosophical intent. The Existential drinker looks at the convergence of a new kind of excessive, habitual drinking, beginning in the nineteenth centu ... More

Keywords: Drinking, Existentialism, Twentieth-Century Literature, Medical Humanities, Drinking Studies, Alcoholism, Hedonism, Free will, Mental health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099618
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Earnshaw, author
Professor of English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University