The daily booze and drug routine that kept Hunter Thompson dazed for days

Most of us head for the coffee machine in the morning before we make our way to work, but not Hunter S. Thompson. The famous author who penned classic drug-addled tales such as The Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas started his day with a kaleidoscopic bevy of cocaine and several glasses of Chivas in order to get his creative juices flowing.

Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson

In her book HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson, biographer E. Jean Carroll charted his daily routine.

Here’s a transcription. Note the late start – 3pm,  and utterly decadent finish – 6am.

15:00 | rise

15:05 | Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills

15:45 | cocaine

15:50 | another glass of Chivas, Dunhill

16:05 | first cup of coffee, Dunhill

16:15 | cocaine

16:16 | orange juice, Dunhill

16:30 | cocaine

16:54 | cocaine

17:05 | cocaine

17:11 | coffee, Dunhills

17:30 | more ice in the Chivas

17:45 | cocaine, etc., etc.

18:00 | grass to take the edge off the day

19:05 | Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jig­gers of Chivas)

21:00 | starts snorting cocaine seriously

22:00 | drops acid

23:00 | Chartreuse, cocaine, grass

23:30 | cocaine, etc, etc.

00:00 | Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write

00:05-6:00 | Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.

6:00 | the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo

8:00 | Halcyon

8:20 | sleep

It’s honestly a miracle he lived past the age of 25, let alone managed to write anything.