Originally Posted by dealt_with
From another thread by poster John Garfield:
"If Willie abstained from ***, RJJ, it could only have been long enough to down a bottle of J&B
When I first met Rocky Graziano at Stillman's Gym, he was hitting a speed bag 'n smoking a cigarette, as most of the ATG's were between rounds of sparring.
Smoking 'n drinking was considered macho then. All the trainers smoked cigars."
Hey it worked for the all time greats, smoking between rounds is the key.
Drowning and reaching for straws, keep searching you will come up with even better examples.