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Drink in

Term (also "Bescheidtun") for the ritual form of alcohol consumption, whereby the drinker wants to pay tribute to a deceased or living person or a group of persons by drinking to them. Drinking also means the mutual greeting. Often a short speech is given or at least a suitable toast is pronounced. Along with the greeting with bread and wine, which is already described in the Old Testament of the Bible, drinking toast is one of the oldest drinking customs of mankind. As long as the others drank, a man was not allowed to withdraw, even to the point of unconsciousness. In this way a man should prove himself strong. Not returning to drink was often taken as a grave insult. The consequences could be social, societal and economic exclusion and also physical attacks. A certain role was also played by the conviction that, according to the saying "In vino veritas", the true character of a man was revealed under the influence of alcohol. Due to these circumstances, drinking excesses with fisticuffs up to manslaughter occurred very often.

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