Man Drinks Over 8 Cups of Hard Alcohol a Day for 30 Years — This is What Happened
The saying “A little goes a long ways” is true, but a man from Guangzhou in southern China proved that a lot goes an even longer ways.
The man, Hong Shu, developed a rare disease by excessively consuming thousands of liters of Baiju, a distilled spirit, over the last 30 years, according to the Mirror.
Hong consumed roughly two liters a day for the last 30 years, which eventually led to a rare disease called Madelung. Around 10 years ago, Hong started to notice swelling around his throat and lower neck. The swelling eventually got so bad that he was referred to as “the man with the horse neck.”
Fatty acid deposits accumulated in his neck, arms and legs, which made it difficult for Hong to sleep, eat and breathe.
The disease is extremely rare as it has only affected 400 people worldwide. However the disease is not only physically painful but is also emotionally damaging. Hong reported that he wouldn’t even go outside because people would compare his neck to the necks of animals like horses, cows and camels.
Hong recently underwent three successful surgeries and is expected to be discharged from the hospital soon, according to People’s Daily Online.
The lumps on his neck measured to be seven inches in diameter.
While this story is seemingly tragic, it is also an example of overconsumption. Baiju is made up of rice, sorghum and various other grains and can have an alcohol percentage by volume from 40 to 60 percent.
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