The 60-pint hangover

What’s the result of drinking 60 pints of beer during the course of a four-day drinking binge?

A hangover. A big hangover. But not necessarily as big as that of a man in Scotland, who had a non-stop headache for four weeks, blurred vision and didn’t recover for six months.

The story:

When a 37-year old man walked into a hospital emergency room in Glasgow, Scotland last October complaining of “wavy” vision and a non-stop headache that had lasted four weeks, doctors were at first stumped, the British journal The Lancet reported Friday.

The unnamed patient “had no history of head injury or loss of consciousness; his past medical record was unremarkable, and he was taking no medications,” Zia Carrim and two other physicians from Southern General Hospital said in a case report.

When an eye specialist was called in, the fog began to clear, at least for the doctors.

The patient, said the ophthalmologist, had swollen optical discs, greatly enlarged blind spots and what eye doctors call “flame haemorrhages,” or bleeding nerve fibres.

Then the doctors learned the man revealed he had consumed some 60 pints – roughly 35 litres – of beer over a four day period, following a domestic crisis.

Severe dehydration caused the alcohol, the doctors guessed, had led to a rare condition called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

It took more than six months of long-term blood-thinning treatment to restore the man’s normal vision – and to get rid of the headache, the doctors reported.

4 Replies to “The 60-pint hangover”

  1. 60 pints? Is that supposed to be a lot over 4 days? Thats 15 pints per day, what I would consider normal to under average over 4 days of drinking with a purpose.. I’d put the number at 100 if you want to start getting really drunk..

  2. That’s 20 12oz cans of beer per day, if you do it like that. I’ve got a hell of a high tolerance, but I mean good Lord that’s a lot of beer, even if it IS drinking for the purpose of getting drunk.

  3. You can bet he wasn’t drinking Bud Light. It was probably 60 pints of a good and strong ale or stout. To knock down that many, he probably didn’t eat for 4 days either.

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