The Truth on Alcohol

Drink and spirits have long been a hotly debated substance. There are many people, who for very good reasons, are against any form of alcohol. Others, on the other hand, wouldn’t dream of living without it.

The Romans had a saying: IN VINO VERITAS. This literally means “in wine, truth,” but it can be interpreted in many ways. One example: “when a person is under the influence of alcohol, the truth comes out,” or “alcohol brings out the truth.”

Of course, this can have a beautiful side and an ugly side. Think about the buddy who, after a few beers or glasses of wine, is hugging everybody and saying “I LOVE YOU MAN.” On the other hand, think of that buddy who, after two or three drinks, is provoking others, looking for verbal or physical fights. The Romans would say that the drink has brought out their “true” selves.


In this way, alcohol is not an excuse for behavior but rather something that brings out what is already there. What do you think?

The following quotes are from some well-known figures and contemplate alcohol (just in time for the holidays!):

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin.

“I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.” ~ Rodney Dangerfield

“He that drinks fast, pays slow.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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