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gblowfish
12-16-2004, 02:13 PM
My apologies if this has been posted before. Australian guys with too much beer and too many power tools almost kill one of their pals with drinking game. Story is here:

A 21-year-old Perth man is lucky to be alive after having his stomach
ripped open during a beer-skolling game using a home-made device powered
by an electric pump.

The drinking game at a 21st birthday party in a southern suburb 10 days
ago went badly wrong, rupturing the man's stomach and forcing beer
straight into his abdomen.

The man, who is in St John of God Hospital in Murdoch and spent a week
in intensive care fighting for his life, was among a group of friends at
a private party who used the device.

It is believed to have consisted of a helmet fitted with a jug from
which a hose was attached to a pump that was powered by a power drill.

Another hose from the pump was placed in his mouth and the pump was
switched on, pushing beer from the jug down his throat.

The man, a mechanical drafter who did not want his name published, said
yesterday that about six other party-goers had used the "jug helmet"
before him.

"No one else had any problems and I didn't think it would be any
different to other things like funnels that people use," he said.

"But I knew something wasn't right soon after I drank from it. I started
spewing up red stuff and was in a lot of pain."

Although he has little memory of the next few days, friends took the man
to the Murdoch hospital's emergency department where staff originally
thought he was just drunk. When his friends told about the skolling
device doctors suspected something was seriously wrong.

The man underwent urgent surgery to repair a 10cm tear and was then on
life support for a week.

Surgeon David Cooke said the split in the wall of the man's stomach had
pushed food and beer into his abdominal cavity, making him septic. His
insides had to be "washed out" twice and he was put on heavy-duty
antibiotics.

The man's mother said that for several days it was touch and go.

"We were told that if his oesophagus had torn as well he probably would
have died," she said. "I know 21-year-olds are out to have some fun but
I don't think any of them . . . realised what can happen when these
sorts of drinking games get out of hand."

She said she did not want to blame anyone for what happened but hoped
the device had been destroyed.

Health experts yesterday warned people not to build gadgets that allowed
the rapid consumption of large amounts of alcohol.

Australian Medical Association public health chairwoman Rosanna
Capolingua said she was horrified that people would pump a liquid into
themselves.

"This is a warning with Christmas and new year coming up to be a little
careful and not try to up the ante," she said.

"You can have a great time and a lot of fun without putting yourself and
each other in danger."

http://thewest.com.au/20041215/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto130036.html

ENDelt260
12-16-2004, 02:15 PM
Beer & Power Tools Just Don't Mix

Horsehockey. Next you'll be telling me not to mix liquor and firearms.

KCTitus
12-16-2004, 02:18 PM
Horsehockey. Next you'll be telling me not to mix liquor and firearms.

heh...Im reminded of the story of the father and son who went deer hunting and took 2 cases of beer with them. The son was killed returning with more beer when the father mistook him for a deer.

Imagine that...

Radar Chief
12-16-2004, 02:22 PM
An electric pump beer bong?! Jeezus Keyriced, WTF is wrong with just tipping a bottle and drinking?!

HC_Chief
12-16-2004, 02:22 PM
Holy crap :eek:

Sepsis is no laughing matter... that's one of the worst things that can happen to you. That dude is lucky to be alive.

ENDelt260
12-16-2004, 02:22 PM
heh...Im reminded of the story of the father and son who went deer hunting and took 2 cases of beer with them. The son was killed returning with more beer when the father mistook him for a deer.

Imagine that...
Were any of the cans ruptured?

Radar Chief
12-16-2004, 02:24 PM
Were any of the cans ruptured?

Ya know, if you’d drink something besides PBR you’d find that often beer can be found in bottles also.