Skip to comments.Bartender jailed for serving lethal tequila shots
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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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.
Your link didn't take me to the article.
Sorry about that...
No prob, have a shot on me. :-)
Like I used to call it in college: TE-KILL-YA
I've got a feeling 19 shots of Tequila would kill me..... :)
Hopefully he was paying COD and not running a tab.
I just wished I was dead the next morning at muster. ;^)
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.
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.
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.
but they went down so smooth.
alcohol is legalized stupidity.
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.
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! :-)
1 shot = 44.3602945 milliliters so, 19 shots would be 842.8455955ml, or pretty damned close to double your figures.
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.
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.
As I understand it, 85.33664146% of people don't get the idea of significant digits.
An even larger number are too lazy to trim the insignificant digits from clipboard copies of Windows Calculator. :)
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)
(I just got invisible somewhere after 4 or 5.....)
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.
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.
I had a tequila shot last summer... first time in at least 10 years!
Yes, but I was doing it on empty stomach, which should give me a compensatory point.
I've done 20, I just like tequila
I had a Marguerita about 10 years ago....it was tolerable.....barely.
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