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Eighteen Shots of Whiskey Will Kill You

This is an interesting story and one that sort of confirms that people who don’t drink at all are doing the right thing. Well, I enjoy the occasional glass of wine and beer sometimes but I never go over the limit anymore so I say that as long as you keep it within reason a little drink now and then won’t kill you. Of course, it is to everyone’s own choice or preference.

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas arrived in New York City on November 9, 1953, for his first reading tour. He had had great success with four U.S. tours previously but this one would be his last ending in his death at the age of 39.

Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales and at the age of 16 began working as a newspaper reporter. At the age of 20, he won a newspaper poetry contest. This began his career in writing poetry. His first book of poems “Eighteen Poems” was published in 1934 and his second “Twenty-five Poems” in 1936.

Thomas moved to London, England when he was 21 and met Caitlin Macnamara. She became his wife and they had three children. Thomas went on to publish several highly acclaimed books of poems “Deaths and Entrances” in 1946 and “Collected Poems” in 1953. His passionate readings were what made him a success in the U.S.

The unfortunate thing was that during these tours Thomas would drink to excess. So it happened that he was drinking at the White Horse Tavern in New York City and he collapsed after drinking 18 whiskeys. He was taken back to his hotel but fell into a coma and died at the hospital. There is a plaque commemorating his last visit over the bar.

You would think that this taught him a lesson about excessive drinking as he found himself at Heaven’s Gates. It appears that the White Horse Tavern is now a regular haunt of the spirit of Dylan Thomas, who I guess will never be satisfied with just the last drink he took.

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