A cautionary tale as we head into the holidays…


I have no idea what I was searching for the other day when I ran across this page, but I found it interesting.

There’s no text with it to explain what’s going on, beyond this:

Portraits after 1, 2 & 3 glasses of wine

And I suppose that’s sufficient.

In any case, the results were fairly predictable. People seemed slightly more apt to smile after one glass, then got really friendly-looking after two. Especially the ladies, thanks to their lesser mass. And, since the photographer chose only attractive young women, some came across as very, um, sexy at that point. Rather come-hither, or at least indiscriminately friendly. One senses the approach of an indiscretion. But that might be a perception bias on my part.

Then they had the third glass, and it was just… too much. As seen in the above example. This one, too. Obviously a bad idea. Should have stopped at two, or maybe one, since two seems liable to get people in trouble.

Some of the males got almost as goofy as the women, while others, such as the extreme example below, held rigidly to the traditional maxim that a man must be seen to hold his liquor.

But you know what? He may look sober, but I worry about him getting behind the wheel of a car.

A cautionary tale, as we head into the holidays…


11 thoughts on “A cautionary tale as we head into the holidays…

  1. Claus

    It’s also more about body weight and tolerance to alcohol. A 200 pound person is going to tolerate alcohol than a 120 pound person. A 120 pound alcoholic is going to tolerate alcohol better than a 200 pound person who drinks one beer a year.

    It’s a shame they didn’t show them after 5-6 glasses of wine… but those pictures may be NSFW.

  2. Kathryn Fenner

    Women apparently have fewer of the enzymes that metabolize alcohol, so even though I weigh more than Brad, he can “hold his liquor” better, probably. That’s why the CDC recommends women limit themselves to one serving a day, while men may have two.

    Also, we don’t have the outtakes of this project. The photographer selected the shots shown.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Oh, yeah. If he’s any kind of a photographer, he shot 30 or so exposures at each level — probably more. I doubt the lovely young lady above had her tongue sticking out in all of them at the three-glass level.

      In other words, I doubt this was very scientific. But it is one way of illustrating a true, observable phenomenon, in general terms…

      1. Kathryn Fenner

        I mean, there may have been entire subjects whose photos did not align with his thesis, so were not included….

    2. Doug Ross

      “That’s why the CDC recommends women limit themselves to one serving a day, while men may have two.”

      I’m good until August 24, 2027.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author


        You know, originally, I was going to be more satirical with this, and write it as a spoof of a Mad Men-ish, Playboy-magazine style guide to seducing women using wine.

        I was going to say that two glasses seems to be the “Goldilocks” amount — just right — whereas when you get to three, you might want to run the other way, fellas.

        But then, as the paterfamilias of many daughters and granddaughters, I decided that wasn’t at all funny…

          1. Brad Warthen Post author

            Well… while I may be a little rusty since it’s been a LONG time since I was a single fellow, I’d say the lady in the yellow dress is VERY interesting after two. That look in her eye…


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