In the 2008 movie Body of Lies, when Ferris is visited by his boss, Ed Hoffman, they have the following dialogue:

- You know, they say you should never drink red wine in the desert?

- That's what did in the Babylonians, right?

- Well, couple bottles of that and we'll be speaking Babylonian.

What is this reference about? Something biblical? Couldn't find a good confirmation on Google.

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This is a reference to Revelation 14:8

And there followed another angel, saying, “Babylon is fallen! Fallen is that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

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    Purely for the record, the wine of Babylon wasn't literal wine. The angel is referring to 'spiritual drunkenness' rather than literally over-indulging with alcohol.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 28 at 20:18

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