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Sauffnarr

boozeing fool (GB)

The inhabitants of Wien (Austria) have always been a happy and joyful people and fully occupied Heurigenlokale prove that this is valid today. In the 15th century it was customary to enjoy considerable quantities of wine in the morning. This also applied to the women, and the well-known Viennese physician Heinrich von Neustadt complained that the Viennese had already drunk their drink early in the morning and drifted even worse than the men. The Viennese were also attached to other bodily pleasures and some contemporaries complained of "craving and gluttony".

According to a document, 17 buckets of wine per head and year were allegedly drunk in medieval Wien . But it is not known the exact volume of the unit of measurement (a bucket = 30 to 75 l). It should also be mentioned that wine was often stretched with water. The spiritual Johann quickly (1540-1612) condemned in any case an excessive consumption of alcohol in his book in the chapter "Weinsucht - from the vicious addiction of Trunckenheit". At that time, in many countries, the ancient custom of Zutrinkens forbidden. Also the famous preacher Abraham a Sancta Clara (1644-1709) thundered with haunting words from the church pulpit against the bad habit of "drinking". About drunkenness and alcoholism he wrote the epistle "Der Sauffnarr":

O drunkenness, you heavy addiction, bring some man into great fornication.
Of honor and good, in ridicule and shame, of wife and child in foreign land.
From art and wisdom to great folly, from healthy bodies to great illness.
From joy and bliss to tears, from food and drink to starvation.
From peace and quiet in fear and distress, from long life to death.
The eternal suffering of the Kingdom of God, all this comes from drunkenness.
Consider your last hour well, so you will not get drunk.
No fools-bells are taken so clearly as the one who shows off the drunken fool,
so on all lanes makes obviously, so tomorrow over it discusses the whole parish.
That's rare - that's true - my darn fool!

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