British banker dies in drinking contest

Jan. 30, 2008 at 7:02 PM
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MANCHESTER, England, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A young British banker died from alcohol poisoning after re-enacting a drinking game from the film "American Pie," officials said.

David Reid, 22, of Manchester, England, and an international finance graduate, was re-enacting the "last man standing" drinking game from the film "American Pie" with his friend, James Lynch, when he died after consuming large quantities of whiskey, tequila and gin in less than 45 minutes, the Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Reid was discovered dead four hours after he was carried to bed when he said had to quit drinking. Reid and Lynch had reportedly been drinking Margaritas and beer earlier in the night.

"A drinking contest might be fun for 15 minutes, but the consequences are not worth it for the person affected or their mates who have to deal with it," the victim's father Philip Reid said.

Reid was normally a modest drinker who consumed alcohol only on the weekends, Philip Reid said.

The victim's blood alcohol level was up to seven times the legal driving maximum, officials said.

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