The Five Stages Of Inebriation [In 1886]

Australian photographer Charles Pickering was commissioned to take these pictures as part of an anti-alcohol education campaign in 1886.

This photo series shows a model in a studio re-enacting the five stages of inebriation.

Stage 1: You’ve had a couple and can hold your own. Conversation is flowing and people are interested in what you have to say.


Stage 2: This is the moment you find your groove and you are charming the pants off anyone who speaks to you.


Stage 3: You can’t fight the honesty stumbling from your mouth. A few of the more sober people have started to back away or head home. You decide you’re in for the long haul and continue pleasing the crowd with your slurring wit.


Stage 4: Find the nearest wheelbarrow and get in. Although someone should probably push you home, you take a breather and drink on. This is where the night gets wild.


Stage 5: No memory. Somehow you end up in your home, fully clothed, lights on, lying on a pile of kebab meat. At least you still have your hat on.