How can I write a piece on a drunk person and make it realistic?

by ann english
(london)

Answer: Have you ever been drunk? (Naturally, if you are under age I am not advising you to sacrifice sobriety for the sake of your art. No one knows if they can handle alcohol until try it, and then it's a bit late to discover you can't.) However, it can be a useful bit of research if you want to write from the point of view of a drunk person.


Ever watched and/or listened to a drunk person? That can be more useful if you are describing a drunk person from someone else's point of view.

Fortunately, imagination can actually make up for some lack of experience.

The key with drunkenness is that the nerves just don't fire accurately, or with their usual speed. Reaction time and coordination are slower. People's sense of balance is weakened. Their speech can slur. It takes longer to put thoughts together. At the same time, control over one's impulses is weaker. Judgement is impaired. Emotions rise to the surface more easily.

It some ways it's not unlike having a severe cold or fever, minus the mucus and temperature.

Try imagining your brain turning into a lead brick, or as Douglas Adams put it, "having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon."

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