Probably the best known, most famous and most quoted saying about wine. The original was written in ancient Greek, however, because he became the Greek poet Alkäus (* 630 BC) from the Greek island Lesbos attributed and means "there is truth in wine" . This is to say that under the influence of alcohol, one is far more willing to tell the truth than in a sober state, or better said, willing to indulge your feelings openly. The phrase was often used in connection with "in aqua sanitas", which means "health lies in water".
The saying was used and thus known by many great people. These included the Greek philosophers and poets Theognis (around 600 BC), Aeschylus (525-456 BC), Plato (427-347 BC) and Theocritus (300-260 BC) , as well as in the most famous Latin version the two Roman authors Horace (65-8 BC) and Pliny the Elder (23-79). A well-known, often cited dispute in the drama "Wallenstein - Piccolomini" by Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) also describes this phenomenon: (Terzky) The wine speaks from it! Don't hear him, I'm asking you. (Isolani) Wine doesn't invent anything, it just talks it out.
Viewed objectively, the truth is nonsense. Nobody tells the truth because he drank wine or enjoyed alcohol. It is much more correct that the inhibition threshold decreases with increasing level of intoxication. So you say things that you would never say when sober. And that doesn't mean they have to be true. The "truth" refers to someone saying what they think while under the influence of alcohol. Canadian physician William Osler (1849-1919) aptly remarked that alcohol does not make people do things better, they are less ashamed of doing things badly .
You don't become another person under the influence of alcohol. The Swiss journalist Peter Rüedi described it brilliantly: alcohol is the drug of individuality. He increases it, but he does not create it anew. He makes a hollow head chatter, roar, stammer, brood, sleep. He makes a brilliant head sparkle, rave, howl, laugh, silence. Alcohol only ignites what is present in a brain as a combustible substance . See also under Bauernregeln. regional customs. toasts and Quotes,