A 23-year-old Brazilian college student has passed away after he drank 25 shots of vodka during a drinking competition at a party.
A group of college students at Julio de Mesquita University were involved in a dangerous competition in which they dared one another to try to consume 25 shots in less than a minute. Humberto Moura Fonseca, 23, attempted the feat, guzzling 25 shots, but collapsed soon after. He died while being rushed to the hospital by paramedics.
Six other students who downed shots were also taken to the hospital, all in critical state, with three being treated in the intensive care unit.
“We were all having a great time and someone came up with the idea of the drinking competition,” said Rodrigo Pancetti, 23, who was at the party. “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.”
Pancetti continued: “On his Facebook there’s a quote, a motto, from the Russian poet Vladimir Maiakovski which says ‘It is better to die from vodka than from boredom.'”
He added, “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 university has released a statement, as reported by Mirror:
“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.”
Two students from the university have been arrested by police for putting the party together, and for “potentially causing the death of a student,” a police spokesman said.
The students could also be charged with murder for hosting the reckless party that led to the death of one man and the hospitalization of six others.
Image credit: CEN (Humberto Moura Fonseca)