'Everything in moderation', as Oscar Wilde famously noted, 'including moderation'.
And he later built on that idea by adding 'Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.'
Pythagoras would not necessarily agree, as evident by this, which Adam Alter , author of the splendid Drunk Tank Pink, has described as possibly the worlds first recorded nudge. In this case towards a sense of moderation.
The Pythagorean cup is a form of drinking cup - the invention of which is credited to Pythagoras of Samos - which, firstly, allows the drinker to fill the cup with wine up only to a certain level.
Then, secondly, as the user enjoys a drink the mechanic only allows for small sips. If the drinker attempts any down-in-one style acrobatics, however, the cup will spill the entire contents out of the bottom and therefore all over the hapless aspiring jakie.