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Thai drinker dead after downing a jug of beer at competition

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53 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

You win the respect and admiration of your fellow drunk people. 

Wow !

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1 hour ago, bluesofa said:

Is it something to do with Asians often being lactose intolerant which seems to get them drunk easier? I read an article about it years back.

 

A jug isn't that large. In the UK a 'yard of ale' is a common amount to drink for a competition, that's only around three imperial pints (about 1.5 litres).

 

Nope, bluesofa, sorry for having to correct you.  Lactose intolerance has got nothing to do with it (it is only related to the inability to digest dairy products).

 

Instead, it is the lack of a certain enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), in a large proportion of Asians that prevents their bodies from properly metabolizing alcohol. It makes them get drunk faster, with an equivalent amount of alcohol having a much more violent effect on their system than, say, a European drinker would experience. Recovery also can take much longer than with a westerner, with hangover symptoms being considerably more severe.

 

Obviously, not all Asians have a ALDH deficiency, though, as evidenced by the astonishing volumes of "lao khao" that some Thai blokes seem to be able to ingest day after day at the local mom and pop shop.        

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2 hours ago, Dmaxdan said:

What is the point of drinking competitions?  What do you win? 

You progress through the ranks and eventually qualify to play world championship darts. R.I.P. to the victim.

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2 hours ago, Wiggy said:

Blimey, If one jug of beer killed him it must've been very strong stuff. I'm guessing it was liquor.

If it was, I'd stand well clear at the funeral pyre 

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28 minutes ago, Misterwhisper said:

Nope, bluesofa, sorry for having to correct you.  Lactose intolerance has got nothing to do with it (it is only related to the inability to digest dairy products).

 

Instead, it is the lack of a certain enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), in a large proportion of Asians that prevents their bodies from properly metabolizing alcohol. It makes them get drunk faster, with an equivalent amount of alcohol having a much more violent effect on their system than, say, a European drinker would experience. Recovery also can take much longer than with a westerner, with hangover symptoms being considerably more severe.

 

Obviously, not all Asians have a ALDH deficiency, though, as evidenced by the astonishing volumes of "lao khao" that some Thai blokes seem to be able to ingest day after day at the local mom and pop shop.        

Indeed, Koreans are one of the most prolific drinkers in Asia with their soju...

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I cannot believe a jug of beer however quickly downed could kill you,despite the informative post of Misterwhisper, possibly he had been drinking something else before,or as others have suggested had some other medical problem.If we are talking vodka,gin or other hard liquor yes quite possible.

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32 minutes ago, Misterwhisper said:

Nope, bluesofa, sorry for having to correct you.  Lactose intolerance has got nothing to do with it (it is only related to the inability to digest dairy products).

 

Instead, it is the lack of a certain enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), in a large proportion of Asians that prevents their bodies from properly metabolizing alcohol. It makes them get drunk faster, with an equivalent amount of alcohol having a much more violent effect on their system than, say, a European drinker would experience. Recovery also can take much longer than with a westerner, with hangover symptoms being considerably more severe.

 

Obviously, not all Asians have a ALDH deficiency, though, as evidenced by the astonishing volumes of "lao khao" that some Thai blokes seem to be able to ingest day after day at the local mom and pop shop.        

Good post would totally agree,caucasians have developed this enzeyme over thousands of years of alcohol consumption,Asians,native Americans,Australian aborigines have not.

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3 hours ago, Dmaxdan said:

What is the point of drinking competitions?

Proving ones manhood?

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3 hours ago, Radar501 said:

Some know when to stop, and others don't.

 

And  others  with half a brain know not to start and bow to "peer  pressure"  which has a  lot to answer for imo.

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1 hour ago, Misterwhisper said:

Nope, bluesofa, sorry for having to correct you.  Lactose intolerance has got nothing to do with it (it is only related to the inability to digest dairy products).

 

Instead, it is the lack of a certain enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), in a large proportion of Asians that prevents their bodies from properly metabolizing alcohol. It makes them get drunk faster, with an equivalent amount of alcohol having a much more violent effect on their system than, say, a European drinker would experience. Recovery also can take much longer than with a westerner, with hangover symptoms being considerably more severe.

 

Obviously, not all Asians have a ALDH deficiency, though, as evidenced by the astonishing volumes of "lao khao" that some Thai blokes seem to be able to ingest day after day at the local mom and pop shop.        

Thanks for putting me straight on that one. The two seemed linked, but it may have be  been two discussions running into one.
It was a long time ago I read it in a newsgroup soc.culture.thai (remember those?) in the days when the internet ran on DOS - so must be twenty-five-years ago now.

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