Oct 22 2009

Flying Drunk – How Alcohol Almost Destroyed an Airline Pilot and 93 Other People

If you were searching for proof that your drinking before or during work is not hurting anyone but yourself; the new book Flying Drunk by Joe Balzer is an eye opener to the dangers involved in drinking. As the Flight Engineer on a commercial airline flight, Mr. Balzer, along with the Pilot and Co-Pilot, was arrested for flying drunk with 91 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft that he was responsible for getting safely from Fargo to Minneapolis.

As we’ve discussed in a previous post about alternative alcohol treatments, alcoholism is a progressive disease that forces most people to hit bottom before they get help. For professionals, it’s important to realize that you are in the grasp of alcohol before the loss of your health, family alienation and or the loss of your job. In Mr. Balzer’s case, getting arrested for being intoxicated at the controls of a passenger jet was his bottom and it resulted in a federal prison sentence.

While most people may not directly put other lives in danger by succumbing to their cravings for alcohol; the risk to your career and the consequences can be the same. You could hurt yourself or another innocent person while driving to work or make mistakes that would jeopardize your career path.

Many in the financial and insurance industries could also make compliance related mistakes that, while sober, would not have occurred. The important thing to do is become aware of the warning signs of an alcoholic and have the courage to reach out for help. There are many confidential alcohol treatments available that don’t require in-patient care. Please get help today.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Flying Drunk – How Alcohol Almost Destroyed an Airline Pilot and 93 Other People”

  1. Mikeon 27 Oct 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the post.
    I know a number of recovering addicts who came to believe about their addiction due to what they were doing to their loved ones.

  2. Aaron Wintergreenon 30 Oct 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I heard about this at work the other day. I can’t believe they were on their laptops. It sounds like a joke. Fortunately alcohol treatment facilities exist for those that are struggling to get sober. It is a surprise how many lives they put in danger. Denial is very powerful, hopefully this will shed light on their addiction.

  3. Sarah Keeneyon 05 Nov 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you for bringing attention to this matter.

    You can read more about Flying Drunk author Joe Balzer, and view recent media clips, on his website here http://flyingdrunk.com

    Sarah Keeney
    Savas Beatie LLC

  4. Coachdadon 10 Nov 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Just came out on my blog as an alcoholic. Glad I found this site and I will continue to come back.

  5. Coachdadon 10 Nov 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Just came out in my own blog as an alcoholic. Glad I found this site. Thank you!

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