Translated from its Latin roots, “in vino veritas” means “in wine, truth.” The phrase has roots in Greek and Latin cultures and writings. In an ancient Greek poem, Herodotus (a contemporary of Socrates) decided that if the Persians decided something while drunk, it should be a rule to reconsider it again when they were sober. Similar concepts and phrases exist across many cultures and languages, including Russian and Chinese.
Even in modern day, this idea has merit. If you’ve ever said something you regretted while drinking, you know the crushing feeling of wishing you could take it back. While this may be a common occurrence for those that consume alcohol regularly, have you ever wondered why you say more than you should while drinking?
Almost as soon as alcohol enters your blood stream, it begins to lower your inhibitions. The effects of alcohol that many people enjoy include the feelings of relaxation and stress-relief, but these are the stepping stones toward blabbing your deepest, darkest secrets or telling your sister-in-law her outfit is ugly.
Alcohol causes your brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical. The more you drink, the more dopamine is released. While dopamine actually creates positive actions in daily life, like encouraging you to exercise, when too much is released, the brain has trouble distinguishing a good decision from a bad decision.
While blabbing a secret or being overly friendly are things you may be able to laugh about later, keep in mind that lowered inhibitions can lead you to make some seriously bad decisions with long-term consequences. Drink responsibly!
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