I don't care what people do to their bodies (brains) or their boats. I do care if their behavior is a danger or a potential danger to others.
I don't consume substances to alter my mind in any way (intentionally) such as alcohol or drugs. I prefer being fully present and fully aware... with no cognitive impairment.
That’s great Sander, although I’m sure you know that almost everything we do alters the state of the brain’s chemistry. Whether we ingest drugs or produce them ourselves, the brain is awash in mind-altering substances. That rush you feel from an exciting sail, for example, is just adrenaline and endorphins. Sex… big time mind-altering drugs at play. Many people do these things to achieve that kind of buzz. Heck, the basic food we ingest alters the brain.
The fact is, lots of mammals seek altered states of mind using ‘drugs,’ not just humans. Getting ‘high’ is as natural as tribalism, homosexuality or liking country music (OK, maybe this last one is questionable
). Seems pretty natural...
I’m not suggesting people should
get high (either with internal chemistry, or through ingesting special drugs), but it’s a completely natural drive in much of the mammalian kingdom. It’s why prohibition of these drugs never works — you’re trying to fight Mother Nature.
I do very occasionally drink a beer for the taste with food... same with a glass of wine... but if I want to quench thirst I prefer water. I usually have beer or a bottle of wine on board for guests who enjoy. I don't like the company of drunk, high or stoned people.... nor do I want them operating boats or cars.
There is no question here. No one is suggesting boats should be operated while impaired. But most boaters I know enjoy a drink, or perhaps a toke, once the anchor is down and all is safe.