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Tuesday's Quote of the Day

10:02 UK time, Tuesday, 11 March 2008

"Delight not in wine... for it transformeth a man into a beast" - Sir Walter Raleigh counsels against binge drinking.


In an essay to his son, contained in a rare first edition to be auctioned at Bonhams next month, Sir Walter warned that alcohol "decayeth health, poisoneth the breath, destroyeth natural heat, brings a man's stomach to an artificial heat, deformeth the face and rotteth the teeth". It seems a prescient message for our anti-social drinking-obsessed times.

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