Superstitions and why we have them

Drunkenness

Over time, a number of preventions and cures have accumulated to deal with this common problem. However there is sparse information about their effectiveness. Consider the following:

  • Avoid the condition in advance by preparing and eating roast pig lungs.
  • In the absence of any available pigs, slip an owl’s egg into the drink of someone who is already drunk. If this is not available, some drops of the drinker’s own blood or powder ground from the bones of a dead man will do – or one or two live eels.
  • If the above treatments are ineffective, it may become necessary to roll the drunkard in manure, force him to drink olive oil – then wrap his private parts in cloth soaked with vinegar.

 

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Max Cryer

Max Cryer is well known for his books on language and other subjects. In a long career, he has been a teacher, television host and m.c. as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. He is now a full-time writer.