Paris - A man in the central
French city of Clermont-Ferrand has died of alcohol poisoning after knocking
back 56 shooters in a drinking contest, local media reported on Wednesday.
The incident took place at the weekend in a bar, which
challenged punters to down as many shot glasses of whisky, rum and other types
of liquor as they could stomach.
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The 57-year-old victim's intake beat the local record but
his feat ended in tragedy a few hours later when he fell into a coma.
However, he was rushed to hospital where he died the next
According to the public prosecutor, the police are
investigating the death, including the role of the bar manager, who could face
manslaughter charges for serving such dangerous quantities of alcohol.
Report says extreme drinking games have claimed the lives of
several people recently in Europe.
A game started on social media called NekNominate, which
challenged people to "neck" or down a drink in one gulp, was linked to a
handful of deaths from injury or alcohol poisoning in Britain and Ireland
earlier this year.