Probably the best known, most famous and most cited word about wine. The original was written in ancient Greek, because he becomes the Greek lyricist Alkäus (* 630 BC) from the Greek island Lesbos attributed and means "in the wine is truth" . This is to say that under the influence of alcohol, far more than in a fasted state, one is willing to tell the truth or, better expressed, is willing to give in openly to his feelings. The phrase was also often used in the context of "in aqua sanitas", which means "in the water is the health".
Used and thus became known the saying of many mental sizes. 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 quoted dispute in the drama "Wallenstein - Piccolomini" by Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) also describes this phenomenon: (Terzky) The wine speaks from it! Do not listen to him, I ask you. (Isolani) The wine does not invent anything, it just chatters it out.
Objectively speaking, the truth thing is nonsense. Nobody says the truth because he drank wine or enjoyed alcohol. It is much more correct that the inhibition threshold decreases with increasing drunkenness. So you say things that you would never say in a sober state. And they do not have to be true for a long time. The "truth" refers to someone under the influence of alcohol saying what he thinks. The Canadian physician William Osler (1849-1919) remarked aptly: Alcohol does not make people do things better, but they are less ashamed to do things badly .
Under the influence of alcohol, you will not become another human. The Swiss journalist Peter Rüedi has described this brilliantly: Alcohol is the drug of individuality. He boosts her, but he does not remake her. He brings a hollow head for babbling, roaring, stammering, brooding, sleeping. He brings a brilliant head to sparkle, to swarm, to howl, to laugh, to silence. Alcohol ignites only what is in a brain of combustible matter . See also below Bauernregeln. Customs. toasts and Quotes,