¿Existe alguna relación entre el beber en exceso y la buena literatura? La lista de autores geniales alcohólicos podría llevarnos a equívocos, ya ven uds. lo que ocurre cuando algunos escritores pretenden usar ese atajo para ser geniales y sólo consiguen una intoxicación y falsas amistades (además de un montón de páginas garabateadas a las que calificar de "textos literarios" sería una hipérbole). A propósito de un libro sobre cocteles literarios (supongo que no faltará un comentario sobre el célebre alambique que construyó Malcolm Lowry para destilar los perfumes franceses de su esposa), Stuart Walton escribe en el blog de The Guardian al respecto.
"Any attempt to convince ourselves today that drinking might be conducive to writing is, however, self-delusion. We now know that, like many other intoxicants, alcohol has an initial stimulant effect on the key neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which contribute to the familiar feeling of well-being that the evening's first drink delivers. It also acts on a neurotransmitter known, sweetly enough, as GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which is an inhibitory agent found throughout the brain. GABA plays an important role in the memory function, which includes assisting the brain to discard the material it doesn't need to retain. Alcohol's stimulation of the GABA receptors enhances the inhibitory action of this chemical, which is why it becomes harder to remember your PIN number, your colleague's name, and finally your own address, during a particularly determined session. Other cognitive functions will degrade along with memory under the influence of alcohol, so it is hard to believe that any writer is going to be at the top of his or her game while drinking. Of course, it depends what kind of writing you are aiming at. A stream of fragmentary consciousness might emerge, but the world has, perhaps, had enough of those now, and publishers won't buy them. If you're working on a cultural history of aristocratic dress in the Second Empire, forget it."