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John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London (1876 - 1916)

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Chapter 7-8

Thursday 1st January 1970

Listen to Chapter 7-8 of John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London on alcoholfree.com. London's honest analysis of his struggles with alcohol was ahead of its time.
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John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London (1876 - 1916)
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John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London: A Brutally Honest Account of Struggles with Alcohol

No, I was not to be deterred from this brave life on the water by the fact that the water-dwellers had queer and expensive desires for beer and wine and whiskey.
In Chapter 7-8 of John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London, the author provides a brutally honest account of his struggles with alcohol and addiction. Through the metaphorical lens of John Barleycorn, London explores the demons and gods he encountered through his relationship with alcohol. He discusses his romanticizing of a life of crime and adventure as an oyster pirate, the jealousy and competition among pirates, and the influence of peers on his substance use.
Despite the dangers of addiction, London was drawn to the free and adventurous life on the water. However, he also acknowledges the impact of alcohol on his relationships and the danger of addiction. London's honest analysis of his own struggles with alcohol was ahead of its time and continues to be a thought-provoking and raw account of addiction. Listen to the full episode now on alcoholfree.com and explore the legacy of Jack London's work.