Man dies after drinking an entire bottle of 35% spirit in two minutes in bid to win £10 in South African liquor store challenge

In order to win a £10 wager at a South African liquor store, a man drank the entire bottle of whiskey in under two minutes and later passed away.

The unnamed local came to the shop in the Limpopo village of Mashamba and participated in the competition to see who could down a bottle the quickest. He finished the entire bottle of the 35% spirit before passing out.

The man, who was between the ages of 25 and 30, was knocked to the ground and sent to the hospital, where he was later declared dead.

The winning entry in the drinking contest received R200 in cash, which is about £10.

His death is now the subject of an inquest.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said: ‘Police in Waterval outside Louis Trichardt have opened a case of inquest following an incident of apparent misuse of alcohol that took place at one of the local liquor outlets at Mashumba Village where the patrons allegedly participated in what they called a ‘drinking competition.

‘The winner who could consume the entire bottle of Jägermeister within a specified time, would get R200 cash.

‘One of them immediately collapsed thereafter and was taken to the local clinic where he was certified dead.’ 

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