Chico Harlan is currently living 14 time zones away from relevance, spending a half-year as a staff writer for The Daily Telegraph, in Sydney, Australia. He's written previously for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ESPN The Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post Magazine. He graduated in 2004 from Syracuse University (aka the Harvard of Onondaga County), and because of tuition payments, his parents haven't taken a proper vacation in about eight years.

Driven to Drink

We’ve been conditioned to think of beer as decision-making’s devoted contaminant, so when I tell you that beer almost single-handedly explains Scott Smith’s current whereabouts, you might think this story won’t end well. Four years ago, Smith worked for a Fortune 500 company in a consumer products job. But the longer he did this, no …

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