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“Dowson’s truculence when drunk is well recorded”


“Dowson’s truculence when drunk is well recorded. It was not just that he was argumentative after drinking—he seemed to take on a completely different personality as many habitual drinkers do. It could be taken as a social indicator of alcoholism that normal people, even though they may drink to excess at times, are still recognisably the same person; alcoholics seem to experience a complete character change. Perhaps it is this which they seek in drink. John Gray remarked that Dowson was run in by the police for  being drunk and disorderly so often that he was greeted by the magistrate with, ”What, you here again Mr Dowson?'”


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