The Trouble With Hard Drinkers

Updated on August 29, 2018
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Kenneth is a rural citizen of Hamilton, Ala., and has begun to observe life and certain things and people helping him to write about them.

Please accept the following as a simple statement of proclamation that the TV programs that I will list in a moment, are NOT an endorsement of my personal likes or dislikes. But they play an intricate role in the subject of this personal narrative. I do not ask you to endorse, buy, or sell the TV programs simply because there is hardly a steady market for them. Thank you, kindly. Kenneth.


Now For The Introduction

to my hub, which just happens to be a personal narrative: The Trouble With Hard Drinkers, is truthful and yet, a bit humorous if you let it be. I do thank you in advance for reading this piece for it means a great deal to me—as all of my fine followers do the same.

M*A*S*H – starred Alan “Hawkeye” Pierce and Wayne “Trapper John” Mcintyre and ran on CBS series that aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983, but during the run of this program, we watched the key actors “bend their elbows” with a seemingly never ending supply of Bathtub Gin that the two manufactured in their tent and I cannot count the times that even their commander, McLeon “Henry Blake” Stevens would join them with a good old time of singing, drinking, and more drinking—so much so that there was always a never ending supply of painful hang-overs that matched the gin. And I haven’t touched “Rosie’s Bar,” that sat near the M*A*S*H camp. Yes, alcohol flowed like water and in a few moments I will reveal the one fatal flaw in this show and those below.

And to keep you from having to read each individual TV program (that I have chosen), I will just list the rest of them to say that all of these programs included plenty of drinking, fighting, and many times, suffering hang-overs, bloodshot eyes, nauseated stomachs and dangerous memory loss. Sad, to say the least.

These are a few of the TV shows that I mentioned in the first of this hub that not only condoned, but included alcohol in their weekly programs: Gunsmoke; Bonanza; Have Gun - Will Travel; Maverick; Peter Gunn and The Untouchables.

The shows above are not even a scratch in the mountain of TV programs that Alcohol was so prominent that I think that the “brew” was really in a Popularity Contest to find out who was the most appreciated.

Of course that is said in gest, but the True TV Fan would know every intricate detail of each show, main characters, plot and sponsor(s). And it came to the point of (before) the Neilsen Ratings came on the scene that we just watched what the big advertisers said to watch with their amount of commercials that were seen on whatever show that they sponsored.

But fans soon realized that “more is more”and the more that the TV Fans would unite and have their say, so went the way of the Neilsen Ratings and some shows, that a few fans liked, were axed while some TV flops (e.g. “My Mother The Car,” starring Jerry Van Dyke), would have decent runs before the fans voiced their disgust.

The Details Told The Truth

about every TV show and I am referring to the serious TV fan, not the Occasional TV-watcher. There is a wide difference. To give you an example: the Serious TV Fan will suffer all types of lousy commercials to just watch the show that “something” or “someone” (the characters) in that certain show of their liking when the Occasional TV-Watcher, probably a man or woman who held down a tough job and at the end of the day, they only wanted a good meal, a soft place to sit and rest and maybe watch an hour or less of whatever was on TV. That was how it worked.

I did mention how alcohol broke into those hard-hitting, two-fisted Westerns and of course, no saloon would be complete without a great supply of Red Eye Whiskey and Cold Beer that was available for the saloon regulars and the cattle drovers who loved to spend what money that they had made in the previous three months of tough work to let off some steam, dance with a pretty dance hall girl and she would of course get the drover to buy her some drinks and before the night was over, he went home broke.

Now stop for a moment. Take your time and look back at your favorite Western or modern drama where alcohol was on stage for the P.I. (“Peter Gunn,” “Joe Mannix”) to have a “Stiff drink,” and get some needed-information from some bar fly that he needed to find a certain shady character who had left town with someone’s wife or money or both. But believe me, drinking was a very involved routine of natural life in the various TV shows.

But if you will notice “Gunsmoke” and “M*A*S*H” and watch enough of these two very popular shows and you happen upon the episode(s) where the actors are really crocked on whatever booze that was available and look at their faces. That’s right. Their faces. If you look closely, you will see that the “drinkers” who had been drinking most all of the day or night, had clear eyes and understandable speech. And everyone who has ever drank enough alcohol to make one act stupid, will have red, blood-shot eyes and a tongue so thick that words cannot be formed. And that, my friends, is drunk and truth is truth.


I have read in some various Internet places that (at times) Real Gin was used (sometimes) in “M*A*S*H” episodes to relax the actors while just good tasting apple juice replaced Beer in most Booze-based shows. Clear water acts for both Vodka and Gin when drinking is called for and specifically asks for these two liquors.

But I can guess that watching is far better than promoting booze both on TV and in real life. It’s when the drinkers and booze lose that segment of reality and think that their drinking of Real Booze in Real Life will not hurt anyone.

That is when I get sad. Very, very sad.

August 29, 2018______________________________________

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© 2018 Kenneth Avery


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      Ken Avery 

      21 months ago

      Liz -- oh those empty stomachs were a source of problems. I know. I was guilty (key word, WAS) of drinking on empty stomach and then when I did eat, I got terribly sleepy.

      So glad those days are over.

      Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year to you and Doris.

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      Ken Avery 

      21 months ago

      MizBejabbers -- absolutely right in your thinking about smoking and drinking. I agree that most celebrities in the 60s did smoke in each scene, but this is only a opinion, but Frank Sinatra not only sang well, but looked great when he smoked. This is not an endorsement for nicotine. What about Dean Martin, Johnny Carson and others? I was happy that they all stopped smoking while on their shows.

      Okay. Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year, Doris.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      And today, advertisers of alcohol as well as car manufacturers, pay to have their product displayed by the actor using it. That is sneaky and subliminal advertising. But cigarettes weren't mentioned. Look at all the old movies, especially pre-1060s where everybody who was anybody smoked. Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, just to name a few. I read some Hollywood review that said that weak tea was used for whiskey and that cigarettes made of lettuce were provided for scenes where the smoking character was played by a nonsmoker. I second your irritation, my friend.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      An older person commented to me yesterday on the younger generation's attitude to alcohol. She saw nothing wrong with a glass of wine with a meal but complained about the drinking of strong drinks on their own by young people. To save money they pre-load before going out, often on empty stomachs, which does not bode well.


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