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To drink

Designation (also "Bescheidtun") for the ritual form of alcohol consumption, whereby the drinker wishes to honor by drinking a deceased or living person or a group of people by the dedication of the trunks. By drinking is also meant the reciprocal greeting. Often a short speech is given or at least a suitable one toast pronounced. The drinking is in addition to the already in the Old Testament of Bible described welcome with bread and wine as one of the oldest drinking customs of humanity. As long as the others drank, a man was not allowed to retire, even to the limit of unconsciousness. This should make a man strong. Non-gratification of drinking was often considered a serious insult. The result could be social, social and economic exclusion, as well as physical attacks. A certain role played thereby also the conviction that according to the saying "In vino veritas" Under the influence of alcohol the true character of a person is shown. Due to these circumstances, there were very often to Trinkexzessen with blows to manslaughter.

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