The clever Greek hero Odysseus had to defeat the Cyclops Polyphemus before the one-eyed giant ate all his men, so he began by tricking Polyphemus into becoming inebriated by drinking gallons of strong wine. Odysseus had dared Polyphemus to a bout of excessive drinking that left the monster inebriated or in a highly drunken state. When the great giant fell over due to having consumed too much alcohol, Odysseus himself was inebriated with excited surprise at the giant’s hungover state. Now we have him, Odysseus said to his men as they approached the inebriated giant, who continued to snore and snore after having had way too much to drink.
Quiz: What has happened if someone becomes inebriated at a party?
- They have gotten into an argument with someone.
- They have consumed too much alcohol.
- They have forgotten their troubles and are enjoying themselves.