From the January 1982 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

18th Century Happy Hour

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Desirous of calling [Samuel] Johnson forth to talk and exercise his wit, . . . I resolutely ventured to undertake the defense of convivial indulgence in wine. I at last had recourse to the maxim In vino veritas; a man who is well warmed with wine will speak truth. JOHNSON: "Why, sir, that may be an argument for drinking, if you suppose men in general to be liars. But, sir, I would not keep company with a fellow who lies as long as he is sober, and whom you must make drunk before you can get a word of truth out of him."

-- James Boswell

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