The organizers of a Henan drinking competition have been forced to pay out RMB447,642 in compensation for the death of a participant in last year's event, which was ruled a case of alcohol poisoning.
The "competitive binge-drinking session," as China Daily describes it, was held by the Henan Alcohol Association, and rewarded participants who were able to drink the most and drink it the fastest - in other words, it was essentially an alcohol poisoning contest, and this guy tried a bit too hard to win.
Wang Qiang said he "felt weird' after participating in the drink-a-thon, which sounds about right. What wasn't right, however, was that Wang then needed to be sent to the hospital, where he eventually died from alcohol intoxication.
The event was held in Luoyang, Henan Province. No word yet if the competition will be held again this year, although we wouldn't recommend keeping your hopes up. Fortunately, we hear that drinking contests are easy enough to coordinate independently of the Henan Alcohol Association.