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Death by drinking: China employee dies after speed-downing booze at office party

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Death by drinking: man in China dies after speed-downing litre of strong liquor at office party in bid to win US$2,700 contest prize

Company boss sets off boozy party competition which offers cash prizes for drinking ‘prowess’Contest ends in tragedy after staffer downs litre of strong Chinese baijiu in just 10 minutes before dying in hospitalTrending in ChinaYating Yangin BeijingPublished: 6:00pm, 2 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The death of a man in China who downed a litre of strong liquor in just 10 minutes during a work drinking contest to win a 20,000-yuan (US$2,700) prize has shocked mainland social media.

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported the victim, surnamed Zhang, worked for a company in Shenzhen in southeastern Guangdong province, and had attended a team-building dinner in July.

His boss, surnamed Yang, initiated the drinking competition during the dinner, pledging a 20,000-yuan reward for anyone who could outdrink Zhang.

“After Zhang toasted at the boss’s table and returned, his boss openly proposed a reward of 5,000 yuan to anyone who could drink more than Zhang,” a colleague said. “No one responded until he increased the amount to 10,000 yuan.”

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