When it comes to drinking competitions, things can get pretty messy. Whether it’s Pennies, Dirty Pint or Twenty One, students are usually experts when it comes to consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time.
However, in a drinking game gone wrong at the university de Mesquita in Brazil recently, 23-year-old Humberto Moura Fonseca died after drinking 25 shots of vodka in just 60 seconds!
When a bit of college fun turned deadly, the party vibe soon faded, as the victim’s friend, Rodrigo Pancetti explained to reporters.
“We were all having a great time and someone came up with the idea of the drinking competition. I knew I’d already had too much and there was no way I was going to be able to drink five, let alone 25. But Humberto and the others were really up for it. On his Facebook there is a quote, a motto, from the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky which says it is better to die from vodka than from boredom. I never thought that would become reality. But once he had finished he said he felt ill and suddenly collapsed. We assumed it was because he was drunk but then six others also collapsed, including the winner, so we called an ambulance.”
The students were taken to hospital because they all had alcohol poisoning, as a hospital spokesperson said, “They all had alcohol poisoning and are in a critical state, with three still in intensive care.”
For now, the local police are looking into the incident and two students have already been arrested for organizing the drinking competition. A police spokesman said, ‘Two fourth year students at the university have been arrested for organising the event without a licence and for potentially causing the death of the student.”
At the same time, the university de Mesquita released a statement about the incident saying, “We very much regret the death of this young man and our condolences go out to his family and friends. We would like to remind students that drinking alcohol in the university is banned.”