A man on the Titanic “fortified” himself with alcohol before being going into the freezing water for several hours, and surviving.
Charles John Joughin was the chief baker aboard the Titanic when it set sail in 1912. When the ship hit the infamous iceberg Charles was off duty sleeping. According to his testimony he immediately got up and began launching lifeboats. He also supplied food for those that were hungry and panicking and attempted to calm that crazed crowd.
Because of his help and his position he was offered a spot on a lifeboat, but declined in hopes of aiding more people. Charles was certain that he would die so he decided to ingest “a drop of liqueur,” which was a half full tumbler.
As the ship sank he grabbed hold of a safety rail and rode it down as if it was an elevator and is now officially recognized as the last passenger aboard the Titanic to survive. While in the water he claims he kept paddling and treading water for two continuous hours and, thanks to the alcohol, hardly felt the cold.
He was later rescued after lying aboard a collapsed life boat. While this shouldn’t be an advertisement for the benefits of alcohol, Charles certainly claims it saved his life!