Let's drink to aerobatics!
In English, there is a glorious expression - drunk as a lord (drunk as a lord). “The lords must have laid their hands on the collar, since it became a proverb,” the astute reader will assume. And not mistaken. It was laid so that it was breathtaking!
Bacchus was worshiped from time immemorial. But it was especially brightly drunk in the XVIII century - in the Enlightenment, when the clinking of glasses was accompanied by fiery speeches about the virtues of reason, the vicissitudes of political struggle, the Great Architect of the Universe, philanthropy, selflessness and so on. They drank at meetings of scientific communities, drank in the thematic clubs, drank in masonic lodges, drank at private parties and, finally, drank alone, certainly thinking about some lofty matter.
The common people, who in this case did not lag behind the noble class, mostly leaned on beer (with the exception of the first half of the 18th century, when cheap fusel gin was in use). And the aristocrats preferred the little red ones, whose choice was directly dependent on relations with France: if everything was calm, they used claret (dry red wine), but as soon as war was brewing (the entire second half of the 18th century),Immediately switched to fortified Iberian wines - port.
And most importantly: the ability to drink a lot was highly valued in high society, since it was a sign of real masculinity. And in order to achieve honor and respect, it was necessary to have the reputation of at least a three-bottle man, that is, a person capable of drying three bottles of port without becoming an animal. There were a lot of them. But there were also real aces of the green serpent - a six-bottle man who could drink SIX bottles of port in the evening. Among the latter came across very famous personalities. For example, the politician and playwright Richard Sheridan, who wrote The School of Dignity, and the Prime Minister, William Pitt Jr., about whom Pushkin wrote: “The cruel Pitt trembles in Styx”.
To be honest, for me and three bottles the height is completely unattainable.