It sounds paradoxical: to cure a man of his severe alcohol poisoning, his Doctors told him still more of alcohol, per hour, a can of beer. However, the procedure works: After 15 hours and consequently 15 cans of beer the man can leave the hospital, except for an evil cat, he has no more complaints.

So, Le Van Lam, head of the intensive care unit of the Quang Tri reported it to hospital in the eponymous Northern province of Vietnam with the daily newspaper “Tuoi Tre News”. The 48-year-old Patient was on 25. December unconscious and in a life bredohl economic condition to be hospitalised, after he had previously been drinking at a Party large quantities of alcohol. Probably it was inferior liquor that was contaminated with Methanol.

In Asian countries, people fall ill after the consumption of cheap adulterated booze hard, or even die. Methanol is formed when the Distillation of alcohol is not properly worked. When the liver tries to detoxify the body from alcohol, is converted to the Methanol to formaldehyde and formic acid. This can cause damage to the nerve cells, blindness and even death.

In the case of their unusual treatment, the Doctors made use of in Vietnam a Trick to prevent the conversion of methanol: working on the liver, otherwise, by aligning the patient with Ethanol, so “normal” alcohol, in the Form of beer administered. The dangerous Methanol is not removed in the first place, but through the breathing and is excreted in the urine.

The emergency physician Hans-Jörg Busch, from the University hospital of Freiburg, told the German press Agency, dpa: “The therapy with 15 cans of beer is rather unusual, but well understood. May be the Vietnamese colleagues had no other alcohol on Hand.” On the type of alcohol it is not coming but also not necessarily so to the Professor. “Much more important is that the therapy is immediately initiated.”

mah/ dpa