Planet China

Wild spirits

Student booze-ups aren’t normally newsworthy. A graduation party in Jinan province has grabbed headlines because the participants were so young (13 years-old), with one of the party-goers binge drinking on very hard liquor indeed.

Qilu Evening News reports that 20 pupils organised a banquet at a local hotel to celebrate their move to middle school. However, things got out of hand as one of the youngsters (named Gao Gao) decided to down seven bottles of erguotou, a potent sorghum-based baijiu. This 56%-proof booze would floor most adults and the impact was severe for the teenager, whose bravado led to a stint in intensive care at the local hospital.

His shocked grandfather told Sina News that Gao Gao had never drunk baijiu prior to the banquet and was normally a “very sincere and upright boy”. Meanwhile the hotel’s management went into damage control mode, saying the kids must have smuggled the booze into the party, as it doesn’t sell the kind of erguotou that was consumed.

That said, with so much of it drunk, you would have to imagine some of the staff must have turned a blind eye as the 13 year-old downed bottle after bottle.

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