"Barbarians are equally addicted to drunkenness; and peculiarly fond of spiritous liquors... The ancient Scandinavians, who, like other savages, were intemperate in eating and drinking, swallowed large cups to their gods, and to such of their countrymen as had fallen bravely in battle. We learn from the 25th fable of the Edda, which was their sacred book, that to hold much liquor was reputed a heroic virtue."
-- Henry Home, Lord Kames, Sketches of the History of Man, vol. 1 
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