A young man has died after an alcohol-drinking competition went awry.
Brave Banda, 28, from Kasungu, central Malawi, drank 10 bottles of spirit alcohol in a competition. Last weekend, he challenged customers at his pub located at Kamphungu Trading Centre to a competition in tanking the gin. Ten bottles were laid out, all of alcohol content 43 percent and over.
“He told onlookers that if he succeeded in drinking the bottles, those watching would settle the bill,” writes The South African.
Brave then hit the bottles with an unending percussion. After the 10th bottle, he fainted. He was rushed to a health centre, where he died whilst receiving treatment.
A post-mortem examination said the cause of death was hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).
News of Banda’s death were greeted with sarcastic comments on social media.
“Ten bottles of gin spirits took Brave man to the grave, drinking under the influence of ignorance,” wrote Glyn Nyasulu on Facebook.
“May the soul of this champion rest in peace. He died after accomplishing the agreed 10 bottles. The rest is left to the Police to ensure that the customers foot the bill,” said Peter Namphande, another social media user.
Last September, an 11-year-old boy died in Malawi after downing five bottles of home brew in a drinking contest for children aged under 14. At stake was MWK20,000 (Ksh2,800) prize money.