The most common stereotype of an artist, writer, or other professional creative person is mainly related to some form of substance abuse. The poets, writers, and journalists of the generation that came before me were likely the prime example of such, at least the few famous poets and writers I’ve met personally, frequently smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol on a regular basis.
Most of today’s most prolific writers rely on stimulants to get the creativity going; I prefer large amounts of dark roast coffee and chocolate. I never saw any interest or necessity for alcohol or illegal drugs like a few other very famous writers that come to mind.
By the way, Gold Dust woman by Stevie Nicks was written about cocaine, and so was Master Of puppets by Metallica. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin wasn’t written about anything.