13 June 2012


Plato believed that drinking, if done correctly, prompted a form of self-revelation. He stated that wine exposes the drinker's true character by intensifying emotions while stripping away emotions and self-control. Learning to compose oneself when drunk - by getting drunk, acting foolishly, and then being ashamed the next day could prepare men to deal with other intoxicants: "anger, love, pride, ignorance and cowardice," wrote Plato. "We can add wealth, beauty, strength, and everything else that turns us into fools and makes us drunk with pleasure."