英文諺語 In wine there is truth
In wine there is truth 酒後吐真言 (There is truth in wine)
“In vino veritas” is an ancient Latin phrase meaning “in wine there is truth.” The saying arises from the belief that alcohol releases inhibitions and that a person tells the truth when drunk. A frequent addition is “In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas” (“in wine there is truth, in water there is health”).
There is an old Latin phrase that suggests people are more likely to say what they’re really thinking when they’re under the influence of alcohol: “In Vino Veritas,” or “In Wine There is Truth.”
Clearly, alcohol does cause us to lose our inhibitions, either in a pleasant, getting to know your neighbor better kind of way, or in an unpleasant, dancing on the bar kind of way. Mel Gibson would certainly fall into the latter category, and it’s the anti-Semitic comments he made while inebriated that have prompted many to wonder: Does alcohol really act as a truth serum?
Is Alcohol the Ultimate Lie Detector?
The general consensus from experts is that while alcohol may loosen a person’s lips to the point where they’ll say something they regret, it cannot conjure up thoughts that weren’t already there, somewhere.
“We don’t think thoroughly about what we are saying when we are intoxicated,” said Dr. Alberto Goldwaser, a forensic psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at NYU medical school. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t believe what we are saying. At that moment, we really believe it.”
And our convictions carry through, even after the drinks’ effects wear off.
“We still mean it the next day,” Goldwaser says. “The next day, we say, ‘I never meant to say it.’ Not, ‘I never meant it.’ ”