When I first started sailing tugs in the 70’s, it was a lot of fun.
Hell, we used to joke the main reason for making the wheels turn was to get to the next port to have a couple of beers. There was more than once that I remember the Captain planning on making sure that we got into Port Jeff Long Island in time for Happy Hour.
A couple of us were sitting around and the topic of drinking in port (or other times) came up. A couple guys worked in the office for years and even they said that they really had to wonder just how safer it is now compared to when guys would go up the street for a couple.
Now, we all know there were some that would push it and get totally wasted but to me these were a small number of the total crews out there. Most guys that I sailed with could go up the street have a couple and come back.
So, this might be a better posted in a separate thread but I have to wonder if there has ever been a study to see if it’s really safer now than before. I doubt it as they will never admit that maybe drinking and drugs did not cause that many incidents.