Is it a western phenomenon? We English (OK, I know I live in Wales, but I came here later in life)... we English have been a race of drunkards since Anglo-Saxon times. I go to Greece every year on holiday, and used to go with my work, and the wine in Greece is so plentiful and so cheap that sometimes they literally give it to you at tavernas: especially if the waiter decides to sit at your table with you, chat, and share your wine for a while; or if you converse with him in his native tongue (probably Albanian, but with the taverna-owner's consent); and we tourists customarily get a free small bottle of raki to enjoy after dinner - or occasionally even lunch! Nonetheless I have not yet noticed drunkenness in Greece, whether it be Crete, Corfu, Epirus, the Peleponnese or wherever else. At Easter (lamb roasted over a fire, of course) some or all of the wine was home-made (that was the Evangelical Church in Iakovou Polila Street, Corfu). Is it a matter of attitude, or cultural baggage? We western Christians have had heavy influence and pressure for teetotalism, from the 1830s till recently (certainly among us Baptists, Methodists &c) - which I think probably came from America originally - yet the city streets reel with drunkards of a weekend evening and night: this thread suggests that the problems sometimes rubs off in various ways on the clergy. The culture re alcohol is different in Greece: I wonder whether they have the same problem (and I simply haven't noticed it despite going there since 1981).