Jacques-Yves Cousteau, deep intoxication, decompression sickness, NO2, NO and N2O, nitrous oxide, laughing gas, scuba diver, laughter
Translated to English with Google Translate by Thomas E. Miles
For the first time, the French traveler and engineer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, famous for the invention of scuba gear and films shot with its help, told about this phenomenon. In his wonderful book "In the World of Silence" (Moscow, 1966), he said that scuba divers, having reached a certain depth, about 30-40 m, begin to get drunk and lose control of themselves. They are overwhelmed by hallucinations, causeless fun, a feeling of carelessness. Cousteau called this state of intoxication depth. And since scuba diving is always associated with a great risk to life, such intoxication often leads to the death of the scuba diver.