Public Figures and Alcohol
There were many public figures who praised the consumption of wine socially and medically. Many poems were written, it was always a topic in plays, satires, and songs. Many leaders were also great admireres of wine and its effects. The poet Eubulus once noted that the ideal amount of wine was three Kylikes. Hippocrates famously researched the results of wine used as a medical treatment. Healers would often prescribe wine as an analgesic, diuretic, and an antiseptic. A lot of political figures were fans of wine, but most famously, Alexander the Great.
Alexander the Great
A recognized leader of one of the largest empires in the western world. He was known for his agile battle tactics, war planning, and intolerance. Alexander the Great was also very well known for bein under the influence of alcohol and drugs for extended periods of time. This apparently only added to his majestic image. Various poets took his state of being as inspiration. This drunkeness would most likely not have been accepted a common man, as Alexander was the embodiment of indulgence, power, and youth.
He was seen as the great conquerer, having his forces arrive to Asia minor, the middle east, maintaining rule over Egypt, and his own land. His parents were a great influence to him, always encouraging him to strive for the best for the sake of his lineage. Aristotle was one of Alexander's main teachers. His upbringing was said to had made him volatile and short tempered, this miked with the alcohol he must have consumes was the perfect recipe for a memorable leader.