Generally ‘alcoholics’ (people addicted to alcohol in excess) spoil their career and life. Some persons in order to remove the stamp of drinker either get more involved in it or get severely ill or commit suicide. Here you will come to know about those who have achieved high successes even after being badly dependent on alcohol. They battled their craving to alcohol and made themselves capable to be recognized in the list of known persons of the world.
10. JOHN DALLY
John Patrick Dally is a 1966 born popular golfer who joined PGA tour in 1987. He is nicknamed as ‘Wild Thing’, ‘Long John’, and ‘The Lion’. He has wide interest in music and video games. Around his 20’s he was became fond of alcohol, gambling, and drugs which played fine role in his 2008 suspension. He occasionally undergoes the treatment of rehab centers and is still a consistent challenger of golf. He is appreciated for his personal tenacity as he is the only man from US who has won large number of golf championships.
9. HUNTER S. THOMPSON
Hunter Stockton Thompson is a super renowned alcoholic who was born on July 18, 1937 ended his life by own self on February 20, 2005 at the age of 67. Born in a middle class family in Louisville, Kentucky .The hell angel’s writer was a well known American author and journalist by occupation. Despite for being very successful for his writings and his own brand of school called “gonzo” school of journalism. Thompson was known for his love for alcohol, drugs as well as firearms. He also remarked that “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they have always worked for me”.
8. ERNEST HEMINGWAY
Ernest Hemingway born in USA in 1899 is admired as a great American author and a journalist. It is quite clear from the biographies about him that Ernest Hemingway’s drinking is legend. He served Italian army but his wounds forced him to approach as a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers. He even worked during Spanish Civil war and World War II but his pain, ill health, and addiction led him to commit suicide in 1961. Despite of these entire he is not remembered as looser but as a figure of leadership, honesty, courage, and devotion.
7. DREW BARRYMORE
Drew Barrymore was born in 1975, California and is a known American actress. She twinkled on the screen when she was 11 months old and from 1979 she started her acting career through a drama. The strangest fact about her which shocked all her fans is her addiction to alcoholism from the age of 9. She is famous as ‘modern Shirley Temple’. Tobacco, cocaine, drugs, alcohols became the parts of her life which took her to rehabilitation centers large number of times which in turn made her childhood turbulent. She is still resisting such dependencies but still is a very famous producer, director and an actress.
6. BILL WILSON
William Griffith Wilson also known as bill Wilson was born on November 26, 1895 and died on January 24th, 1971. On June 10th, 1935, he and his friend founded the best way to reform Alcoholics and ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS was born. Talking about the past, his education as well as married life suffered due to his alcoholic addictions. He was committed to the Charles Town hospital for drug and addiction. His doctor even declared that either he has to die or have to be permanently locked up due to ‘wet brain’.
5. EDGAR ALLEN POE
Best known for his mystery and macabre, the science- fiction founder was born in January 19, 1809- October 7, 1849. He was a well-known American poet, author, editor, literary critic by occupation .A recognized writer who found living by writing alone which made him financially difficult life and career. He had extended periods of the time when he drank excessively those were the instants when he suffered from bouts with depression as well as when his wife died turning him into a drunker to get away from these troubles.
4. STEPHEN EDWIN KING
Stephen Edwin king was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. He is known for his 35 years of career in which he wrote 63 books and estimated to be worth of $157 million, according to the daily mail. He has received numerous awards like WORLD FANTASY AWARD for life achievement, Canadian book sellers Association award and also, grand master award from the MYSTERY WRITER’S OF THE AMERICA. Moving to the darker side, he has spent much of his early years in drinking and drug addiction. In his autobiography, he accepted that he started drinking at the only age of 18 at his school trip in 1966. He also wrote in his first twelve years or so of marriage, he spent by assuring himself that he “just liked to drink”.
3. BETTY FORD
Betty Ford born in April, 1918 was a fabulous dancer from her very childhood and worked as a model for a short period of time. She joined Congressional groups, supported Equal Rights Amendment, and has been dynamic leader of Women’s Movement. During her dedication to social issues that is around 1970’s she publicized her more than 20 years long running battle with alcoholism. She is well known for her awards like Congressional Gold Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom and many more. As her name ‘First Lady Of US Activists’ clearly signifies that she was a strong lady who gave her 100% efforts for good causes even after traversing through substantial medications.
2. ULYSSES S. GRANT
Ulysses S. Grant was born in 1822, in Point Pleasant, United States. He is known as one of the leading figures in the American history as he was the youngest who became president of United States in 1869. Grant has been an active part in Mexican-American war and also played a dominant role in second half of the Civil War. But throughout his prolonged career of battles he became an alcoholic. As he became fond of bottles, his reputation further tarnished because of his intoxicated behavior. Even then Grant struggled for self-discipline and coped with his addiction so as to achieve victory in battlefields. He soon became an admirable and well-respected man.
1. ERIC CLAPTON
More than once this man tried to take his own life but what stopped him was the realization that if he were dead, he would not be able to drink anymore. CLAPTON, an English Guitarist born on 30 March 1945 is a singer-songwriter, record producer, artist and musician by occupation .He has been ranked second as the in the top 100 greatest guitarist of all time. The recipient of 18 Grammy awards gripped into addiction of drugs and alcohols in his successful journey of life considering it to be “the courage-provider to play and getting off with a girl”. The best part is that he finally decided to take help and also founded medical facility in cross words at Antigua for recovering substance abusers.