Journalist Pete Hamill,  son of a one-legged alcoholic father, takes his last drink on this day in 1972. His memoir, A Drinking Life, tells Hamill’s story about the drinking culture of his youth and his adulthood when he was a reporter, the “golden blur of drink” that dodged him from childhood until he realized that while life doesn’t get easier when you walk away from drinking, there is however, greater lucidity in life.


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