Six-month hangover for 60-pint Scotsman
Ow ow owww my head
A 30-year-old Glaswegian has suffered what may go down in history as the greatest hangover west of the Mississippi - a six-month headache induced by sinking 60 pints over four days.
According to The Lancet, the unnamed man presented himself in a Glasgow A&E last October complaining of "wavy" vision and a relentless headache he'd been suffering for more than a month.
The case report from from Southern General Hospital said he "had no history of head injury or loss of consciousness; his past medical record was unremarkable, and he was taking no medications", and that his body temperature and blood pressure were both normal.
It was only when an eye specialist gave the poor bloke the once-over that the truth was revealed. He was suffering swollen optical discs, greatly enlarged blind spots and "flame haemorrhages" - bleeding nerve fibres.
When quizzed, the patient admitted he'd sunk the aforementioned 60 jars following a domestic crisis. The resulting dehydration had caused cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) - a rare condition which can lead to seizures, impaired consciousness, loss of vision and neurological damage.
Cue six months of blood-thinning treatment before the chap's vision returned to normal - and his headache finally subsided. ®
Sixty pints to Ian Randall for the tip-off.
Only 15 pints a day
"... sixty pints over four days is only an average of fifteen a day, which, whilst clearly a binge, is hardly a staggering amount..."
True. However, the original article says his symptoms were caused by dehydration, not by the alcohol itself. Alcohol makes you pee more than you should so prolonged boozing dries you out.
What a boring post - I'll head for the pub.
It's been said before but...
... sixty pints over four days is only an average of fifteen a day, which, whilst clearly a binge, is hardly a staggering amount, not in the UK and certainly not for a typical weegie or even a Scot elsewhere.
For the record (and again not in the vein of boasting, per se) I used to consume considerably more than that rate, in spirits mostly, when I was at Public School and between thirteen and fifteen. Can't drink anything like that these days, at least partly thanks to such stupid levels of consumption, but mostly thanks to an inherited liver condition. Don't miss it as much as I thought I would though, in fact it's quite nice to have total recall and not cringe the next day.
Along with other posters here, I feel it'd be nice if the rather silly Americanisms were dropped, at least on the .UK site, as they are not culturally relevant and tend to just annoy us. Glesga is well east of Mississippi, within the standard temporal and geographical frames of reference, the supposed hangover was at least seven, not six, months and I'm amazed they actually got round to seeing him before he expired.
@Christopher Rogers: Clearly most of us do, personally, I find your whingeing a lot more irritating than the repeated posts :¬)
60 pints in 4 days averages 15 per day. What a wimp! That is a hang over cure for a "Glaswegian" after a quiet night out!
Along with a few nippy sweeties too!