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Hunter S. Thompson’s Daily Drug-Filled Routine

h-thompson  Hunter S. Thompson’s Daily Drug-Filled Routine h thompson Hunter S. Thompson was a superhero of the outlaw world, with the uncanny ability to ingest an infinite amount of amphetamines, psychedelics, alcohol and strange outer-worldly substances without even a minute shift in composure or personality. He ate acid like peanuts. Inhaled cocaine like oxygen. Drank whisky like apple-juice.  American journalist E. Jean Carroll was quick to capitalize on Thompson’s strange habits and in 1993 published a biographical novel, The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson.  The first chapter of the book—perhaps the most notable excerpt—is Carroll’s documentation of Thompson’s drug-filled daily routine. I’m not sure how his information was gathered, nor how it was verified—quite honestly it doesn’t sound realistic as a long-term routine (how many days in a row can you eat acid?). Then again, nothing about Thompson was realistic. He shattered expectations for what was and wasn’t possible as a journalist, political voice and even a person. Thompson had the tolerance of an elephant and the mind of a razor.

Was this actually Thompson’s daily routine? It’s questionable. But it’s certainly not far off.

3:00 p.m: rise

3:05: Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills

3:45: cocaine

3:50: another glass of Chivas, Dunhill

4:05: first cup of coffee, Dunhill

4:15: cocaine

4:16: orange juice, Dunhill

4:30: cocaine

4:54: cocaine

5:05: cocaine

5:11: coffee, Dunhills

5:30: more ice in the Chivas

5:45: cocaine, etc., etc.

6:00: grass to take the edge off the day

7:05: Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jig­gers of Chivas)

9:00: starts snorting cocaine seriously

10:00: drops acid

11:00: Chartreuse, cocaine, grass

11:30: cocaine, etc, etc.

12:00: midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write

12:05-6:00 a.m: Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.

6:00: the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo

8:00: Halcyon

8:20: sleep



About Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace is a self-fashioned writter, a computer programmer and cybermarketer from Quebec City, Canada who decided to enter the political arena after his disillusionment with the socialist system under which he was living in the French Canadian province of Quebec.

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