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Dangerous drinking habits taking heavy health toll in Baltics

Lithuanian Augustinas Grevys' glory was short-lived when he bested three friends by being the last to pass out after each had downed nearly a liter of moonshine.

Grevys, who was 34, didn't get the chance to spend his 20 litas (US$7) winnings -- enough to buy two more bottles of moonshine -- because he died within hours. Each of his three friends were comatose but eventually recovered.

The 2001 incident briefly drew nationwide attention to the problem of binge drinking in Lithuania and sparked calls for something to be done.

Mainichi Daily News reports.

Posted by Cynthia on April 15, 2006 at 12:32 PM in Alcohol (general), Alcoholism, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania | Permalink