in vino veritas est.(in wine there is truth)
The phrase above signifies the depths some will descend if only to find some truth.It is said that Germanic peoples used to hold public council meetings with a plenitude of wines and spirits to ensure the truth of officials leaked through them.Of course this also led to a myriad of other uncomfortable situations when other kinds of truths seeped out as well.
An abstinence of drink was viewed as a telltale sign of corruption, the repercussions were valid but the truth was above all of that. I wonder what they would think of us with all our talk of merciful lies, white lies and half-truths.