In a tragic situation that occurred in China, a bridesmaid at a wedding banquet reportedly died after drinking too much baijiu, a popular and potent liquor with an alcohol content of up to 60 percent.
It may have been peer or social pressure that caused the bridesmaid/maid of honor to down the entire glass of the high-octane brew at the celebration of nuptials in Wenchang City in Hunan province as a group of men cheered her on.
Apparently the other partygoers thought she was just out of it as they wheeled her on a baggage cart (see videos embedded below). Obviously, heavy drinking or getting drunk but without these kind of horrible consequences is common at weddings, which are supposed to be happy, life-affirming events.
The 28-year-old woman was transported to a local hospital around midnight, but after 40 minutes, doctors were sadly unable to revive her, reportedly determining that she choked to death on her own vomit. Alcohol poisoning was designated as the cause of death.
“At a Chinese wedding, the best man and bridesmaid are responsible for drinking the alcohol whenever guests toast the bride and groom,” the Daily Mail explained in connection with the incident that reportedly occurred in mid-September.
According to the Shanghaiist, the horrible incident is another example of what it described as China’s alleged “hardcore” boozing culture, particularly as it relates to imbibing baijiu.
“Four separate video clips have gone viral online showing what happened to the woman. The first shows a 28-year-old woman in a black dress knocking back a cup of liquor with a male friend at a wedding banquet…with fellow revelers cheering her on. The second clip shows the woman apparently passed out, supported by her smiling fellow wedding-goers. The next clip shows the woman being wheeled away on a hotel baggage trolley. The final video shows the woman in the hospital with doctors fighting to save her life.”
The website added that there is some dispute in public opinion as to who is responsible for this ghastly outcome.
“According to online reports, one lawyer said that all the other revelers who encouraged the woman to drink bear some responsibility for her death. Meanwhile, netizens are divided on the question of who is to blame for the woman’s premature death, with some writing in that the woman is an adult and should know her own limits. Of course, death caused by excessive drinking isn’t an uncommon occurrence in China, where the ability to out-drink peers and colleagues is seen as a marketable skill…”
According to the Sixth Tone website, “Drinking alcohol, and baijiu especially, is considered in many parts of the country to be an important social ritual. During special gatherings like business dinners and weddings, many guests feel compelled to follow the host’s orders and continue drinking out of fear of otherwise appearing rude.”
Legal liability, if any, arising from the bridesmaid’s death allegedly from drinking hard liquor will also have to be determined. Local police are currently investigating this horrible incident.
In the U.S., almost 20 percent of adults engage in binge drinking about four times per month and consume approximately eight drinks during each excessive alcohol consumption episode, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly three-fourths of binge drinking is in the age 26-plus cohort. Binge drinking for men is defined as consuming five or more adult beverages in two hours (four or or more for women, who are less prone than men to binge drink by a factor of 50 percent).
“While binge drinking is more common among young adults aged 18–34 years, binge drinkers aged 65 years and older report binge drinking more often—an average of five to six times a month,” the CDC added.
Binge drinking plus beer muscles probably explains when fans at U.S. football games and other sporting events wearing opposing team jerseys (as if they are part of the team) often get into brawls with each other.
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