Originally Posted by Honey Badger
I think drinking may have had far more impact on history then we lead on about in traditional history study. Opium use was also something there is great evidence impacted many events as well.
You are sooo right. I hate to link all my posts back to Dan Carlin hardcore history, but he has an episode called ''under the influence'' and he wonders if a lot of the question we ask ourselves are just answered by introducing alcoholism and drugs.
He noted in particular the slowness of Napoleon in his last years, probably from drinking and sleeping pills. Same goes for Hitler and his pills, as well as Churchill and his drinking.
Alexander the great's constant behavior change and genocidal tendencies, as well as his paranoia are all indicators of alcoholism and binge drinking, which the greeks were known for.
But the historical figure that i want to drug test the most BY FAR, is JFK. With all the pills, LSD-derivatives and opiate-based drugs his ''doctors'' gave him, i wonder how much it affected his judgement, especially the bay of pigs, the missile crisis and the Vietnam war.