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Bartender jailed for serving lethal tequila shots
cnn on line ^ | 11/23/2005 | AP

Posted on 11/23/2005 8:17:28 AM PST by kjam22

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A 32-year-old Norwegian bartender was sentenced to six months in prison Wednesday for serving a customer so much tequila that he fell into a coma and died.

According to a district court in the southwestern city of Hokksund the bartender, whose name was withheld, pleaded guilty to serving 34-year-old Leif Henning Nilsen 19 shots of the strong Mexican liquor in 90 minutes at the Spiseriet restaurant in May 2004.

Nilsen lost consciousness and died three days later.

The court said it could not hold the bartender accountable for the death itself, but sentenced him to prison for illegally serving alcohol to a clearly intoxicated person.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alcohol; bartender; darwin; shots; tequila
19 in 90 minutes??
1 posted on 11/23/2005 8:17:31 AM PST by kjam22
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To: kjam22

But how large is a "shot" in Norway? If 1 ounce, then it was 530ml total [and the bartender would probably scrimp, so let's round it off to 500]. I've seen people doing 500ml of vodka within 1 hour and it didn't show on them [they had been inebriated even before]. Leif Henning Nilsen probably lacked in training and forgot to eat - before and during - or was a wuss.


2 posted on 11/23/2005 8:23:47 AM PST by GSlob
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To: kjam22

Your link didn't take me to the article.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/11/23/bartender.tequila.ap/index.html


3 posted on 11/23/2005 8:24:09 AM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: flutters

Sorry about that...


4 posted on 11/23/2005 8:24:42 AM PST by kjam22
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To: kjam22

No prob, have a shot on me. :-)


5 posted on 11/23/2005 8:25:24 AM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: kjam22

Like I used to call it in college: TE-KILL-YA


6 posted on 11/23/2005 8:26:23 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: kjam22
19 in a night is my personal best.
And that was right out of boot camp.
7 posted on 11/23/2005 8:27:00 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe

I've got a feeling 19 shots of Tequila would kill me..... :)


8 posted on 11/23/2005 8:28:16 AM PST by kjam22
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To: kjam22

Hopefully he was paying COD and not running a tab.


9 posted on 11/23/2005 8:30:09 AM PST by JIM O
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To: kjam22
That's a shot every five minutes.
10 posted on 11/23/2005 8:30:19 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: kjam22
I've got a feeling 19 shots of Tequila would kill me..... :)

I just wished I was dead the next morning at muster. ;^)

11 posted on 11/23/2005 8:30:52 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: GSlob

Shotglasses in the U.S. hold 1½ ounces (42ml) of alcohol. This would make the total the late lamented imbibed about 800ml. A fifth only contains 750ml.


12 posted on 11/23/2005 8:40:14 AM PST by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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To: Junior

Well, if I were to run a marathon without first getting in shape, I'd collapse, too. 750 is doable, but with training and effort.


13 posted on 11/23/2005 8:43:38 AM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob

I'm a fairly heavy drinker and I think a fifth in 90 minutes would kill me, let alone 800ml in the same time period.


14 posted on 11/23/2005 8:47:08 AM PST by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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To: GSlob
 
 

19 shots total 28.5 ounces, just a bit over an entire fifth (4/5 quart) of liquor, and you are saying you know a guy that can drink that much in 90 minutes and he's not drunk?

When my choices are anecdotal evidence and medical evidence, I'll side with the latter.

 

 

 

15 posted on 11/23/2005 8:54:32 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Facts are neither debatable nor open to "I have a right to this opinion" nonsense.)
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To: kjam22

but they went down so smooth.
alcohol is legalized stupidity.


16 posted on 11/23/2005 8:55:27 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: agrace

Tequilla ping


17 posted on 11/23/2005 8:57:10 AM PST by lightingguy (Sorry, I got distracted)
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To: HawaiianGecko

I was born and grew up in Moscow, former USSR. Thus I'd say I've seen heavy drinkers in all shapes and sizes they come. And what I was saying was that the people doing it showed few external signs - they already had been inebriated [visible without giving them breathanalyzer], and they continued drinking more. Practice makes perfect.


18 posted on 11/23/2005 9:23:42 AM PST by GSlob
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To: Just another Joe

A downed a bottle more than once. In my reckless youth I was one of those who didn't get hangovers from Tequila (but only Tequila). Of course, I wound not even think of trying that now! :-)


19 posted on 11/23/2005 9:29:50 AM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: GSlob

1 shot = 44.3602945 milliliters so, 19 shots would be 842.8455955ml, or pretty damned close to double your figures.


20 posted on 11/23/2005 9:33:34 AM PST by Melas (What!? Read or learn something? Why would anyone do that, when they can just go on being stupid)
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To: Junior

Once during a Christmastime all food stores were closed - I couldn't find even snacks at gas stations. As my luck would have it, I had an empty fridge, and so I had to subsist on liquid 86 proof nourishment without any other food. By the end of the day I was in unusable condition, but I got through about a liter.


21 posted on 11/23/2005 9:33:48 AM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob

btw, I'd quit going to that bar that convinced you a shot was an ounce. I put myself through college bartending, and a shot has always been 1.5oz.


22 posted on 11/23/2005 9:36:02 AM PST by Melas (What!? Read or learn something? Why would anyone do that, when they can just go on being stupid)
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To: Melas

As I understand it, 85.33664146% of people don't get the idea of significant digits.


23 posted on 11/23/2005 9:36:20 AM PST by ko_kyi
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To: Melas
First, the bartender would not fill to the rim; secondly, what is a "shot" in Norway?
24 posted on 11/23/2005 9:38:16 AM PST by GSlob
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To: ko_kyi

An even larger number are too lazy to trim the insignificant digits from clipboard copies of Windows Calculator. :)


25 posted on 11/23/2005 9:38:17 AM PST by Melas (What!? Read or learn something? Why would anyone do that, when they can just go on being stupid)
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To: Constitution Day
Like I used to call it in college: TE-KILL-YA

I still call it that, and I've probably been out of college longer than you :)

(and i haven't touched the stuff since college)

26 posted on 11/23/2005 9:38:40 AM PST by Gabz
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To: Just another Joe

OUCH..........


27 posted on 11/23/2005 9:39:10 AM PST by Gabz
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To: kjam22
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor....

(I just got invisible somewhere after 4 or 5.....)

28 posted on 11/23/2005 9:40:42 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: GSlob
Filled the rim on a standard shot glass is close to 2 ounces. Most shot glasses have a little line somewhere between 1/4 to a 1/5 from the top, and that line is the 1.5oz mark. On an umarked shot glass you have to guess at that point.

It behooves the alcohol industry to keep measurements the same world-wide. If nothing else, it makes bartending guides easily translatable. I've been to Tromso Norway, and while I didn't measure the shot glasses, they certainly didn't seem to be of a different size.

29 posted on 11/23/2005 9:43:14 AM PST by Melas (What!? Read or learn something? Why would anyone do that, when they can just go on being stupid)
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To: GSlob

But you didn't do it in an hour and a half. 800ml in 90 minutes doesn't give your system time to rid itself of some of the build-up. What gets me is that this guy didn't woof his cookies during this drinking bout.


30 posted on 11/23/2005 9:48:19 AM PST by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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To: kjam22
Peak BAC of .50 if 180 lbs, and 80 proof tequila.

calculator here

31 posted on 11/23/2005 9:49:23 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Gabz

I had a tequila shot last summer... first time in at least 10 years!


32 posted on 11/23/2005 9:52:37 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Junior

Yes, but I was doing it on empty stomach, which should give me a compensatory point.


33 posted on 11/23/2005 9:54:52 AM PST by GSlob
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To: Just another Joe
19 in a night is my personal best.

I've done 20, I just like tequila

34 posted on 11/23/2005 9:59:01 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Constitution Day

I had a Marguerita about 10 years ago....it was tolerable.....barely.


35 posted on 11/23/2005 10:20:26 AM PST by Gabz
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To: ko_kyi
 
 

"As I understand it, 85.33664146% of people don't get the idea of significant digits."

I've told you 600,000 times not to exaggerate!

 

 

36 posted on 11/23/2005 10:48:27 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Facts are neither debatable nor open to "I have a right to this opinion" nonsense.)
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