Many of the men in “The Rover” are constantly inebriated, especially the cavaliers. This article describes the derivation of the popular manly pastime of drinking. Originally, drunkenness was seen as unmanly because it altered men’s consciousness which separated them from animals. Yet drinking games began to associate getting drunk with the manly ideals of gambling, socialization and sexuality. These games made public inebriation socially acceptable for lower, middle and sometime upper class men.