Drunkenness is temporary suicide:the happiness that it brings id merely negative,a momentary cessation of unhappiness.
-Bertrand Russel.1,The conquest of happiness
There was an old hen
And she had a wooden leg,
And every damned morning
She laid another egg;
She was the best damned chicken
And another little drink
Wouldn't do us any harm
It's along time between drinks.
He is drunkard who takes more than three glasses,though he be not drunk
Drink today,and drown all sorrow;
You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow
-John Fletcher,The Bloody Brother
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning,that they may follow strong drink;that continue until night,till wine inflame them
-Isaiah . V. II
The habit of using ardent spirits by men in office has occasioned more injury to the public,and more trouble to me,then all the other cases.Were I to commence my administration again,the first question I would ask respecting a candidate for office would be,Does he use ardent spirits?
I would appeal to Philip,she said,but not to Philip sober
Drink!for you know not fence whence you came,nor why:
Drink!for you know not why you go,nor where
All excess is ill,but drunkenness is of the worst sort.It spoils health,dismounts the mind,and unmans men.It reveals secrets,is quarrelsome,lascivious,impudent,dangerous and bad.
There St.John mingles with my friendly bowl
The feat of reason and the flow of soul.
-Pope,Second Book of Horace
Water is the only drink for a wise man