The residents of Wien (Austria) have always been a happy and sensual people and fully occupied Heurigenlokale prove that this is still valid today. In the 15th century, it was common to enjoy considerable amounts of wine in the morning. This was also true for women and the very well-known Viennese doctor Heinrich von Neustadt complained that the Viennese had already drunk early in the morning and were doing it worse than the men. The Viennese were also fond of other physical delights, and some contemporaries complained of "eating addiction and gluttony".
According to a document, 17 buckets of wine were said to be drunk per person per year in medieval Wien . However, the exact volume of the unit of measurement is not known (a bucket = 30 to 75 l). It should also be mentioned that wine has often been stretched with water. The clergyman Johann quickly (1540-1612) condemned excessive alcohol consumption in his book in the chapter "Wine addiction - from the severe addiction of drunkenness". At that time, the ancient custom of Zutrinkens forbidden. Even the famous preacher Abraham a Sancta Clara (1644-1709) ranted in insistent words from the church pulpit against the bad habit of "drinking". About drunkenness and alcoholism he wrote the epistle "The Drinker":
O drunkenness, you heavy addiction, bring some man into fornication.
Of honor and good, in mockery and shame, of women and children in foreign lands.
From art and wisdom to great folly, from healthy body to great illness.
From joy and bliss to Jammer Valley, from food and drink in hunger agony.
From peace and quiet in fear and need, from long lives to death.
From the kingdom of God in eternal suffering, all of this comes from drunkenness.
Consider your last hour well, so you will not drink yourself full.
No foolish jingles are noticed as the drunken fool performs,
so it is evident on all streets, so tomorrow the whole parish discusses it.
That is rare - that is true - my drunken fool!