Since we will be led to read Poe closely soon by Jan, I thought I would mention that I have been by Poe's 'hood. I was in Baltimore a couple of years ago and discovered that that is where Poe lived for the majority of his life.
So of course I had to go and see his pad.
My dad was visiting at the time so he drove us to the Poe site. I don't think it's the same building but if it was? I can see why Poe drank. ***CV