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Sunday, February 11, 2018

How to Prevent Drunkenness, per 1612

In the old ways always the best category, some food for thought - if I were a drinker I'd need to find a more modern method of avoiding drunkenness that didn't involve goat's lungs.
"Shew me a way how a man may drinke much wine and yet not be drunke. To drinke great store of wine, and not to be drunke, you must eate of the rosted lungs of a Goat: or otherwise, eate sixe or seaven bitter Almonds fasting: or otherwise, eate raw Coleworts before you drinke, and you shall not become drunk.
How to make them which are drunk sober. You must make them eate Coleworts, and some manner of confections made of brine; or else drink great draughts of vinegar."

William Vaughan, Approved Directions for Health
Related is this advice from 1658: How to Give Up Wine (the decomposing eel method)

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1860s series of photos illustrating the '5 stages of inebriation'

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Do different kinds of alcohol get you different kinds of drunk?

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