A drinking competition has claimed the lives of two men in Bulawayo. The two downed more than one litre of a highly potent cane spirit in an hour. Another man is fighting for his life in hospital.

The Chronicle reports that patrons who were cheering them on as they drank the hot-stuff fled when the three collapsed at almost the same time on Tuesday around 9PM at Pumula Beer Garden.  Each of the trio drank a 750ml bottle of Explorer Cane Spirit and three by 375ml of the same brew which has an alcohol content of about 40 percent.

Bulawayo Metropolitan Province deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube yesterday said the official names of the three victims will be released in due course, after their next of kin are informed.

“I can confirm receiving a report on two men who died due to excessive drinking. The trio each drank a 750ml bottle and another three by 375ml of Explorer Cane Spirit per person, in a space of one hour before they all collapsed.

“After they were all unconscious for more than 15 minutes, a bar tender called an ambulance and they were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital. Two were pronounced dead while the other one gained consciousness and is said to be recovering,” he said.