And while we're at it, how on earth did those temperance women expect men to tell one another the stinkingabsurdsadhilarioushumiliating truth when they put an end to taverns?
Naw. I once proposed to a friend with whom I'd had a falling out that we have a heart-to-heart at a coffee shop. He really wanted to honor my request. Know how I know? He took two days before he e-mailed me back saying he just couldn't imagine having such a conversation sober. He passed my test. (And called my bluff.)
Drinking—like smoking: bad for physical health, good for communication.*
* To a point. As in bowling and drinking, the Three-And-Nine rule applies: You're at your best when you've had three, but the value begins to seep out when you've had more than nine.