Perhaps you have heard the term ‘three sheets to the wind’. Perhaps you have been described that way from time to time. Perhaps you did not know that this term originated with sailing. Three sheets to the wind refers to on a three-masted ship, having the sheets of the three lower courses loose which will result in the ship meandering aimlessly downwind. It is also used to describe somebody who has drunk beyond their tolerance and are helplessly inebriated, not that you would of course know anyone who ever got in that condition.