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They do things differently in... Australia

Headline of the day:

"Vodka drip saves poisoned tourist".

The Sydney Morning Herald has the full story, but in essence the Oz quacks ran out of surgical alcohol and had to resort to vodka as an antidote to swallowed anti-freeze, and "the patient was drip-fed about three standard drinks an hour for three days in the intensive care unit".

Crikey. Make mine a drip of 25 year old Speyside malt, please.

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Blogger Mr Eugenides said... 1:09 pm

I imagine NICE might balk at the cost of 25 year-old Macallan drips for everyone.

Mind you, we'd probably get able to get it on the NHS north of the Border.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:20 pm

And I ask for so little.....  

Anonymous verity said... 2:08 pm

So, I guess if he had been a tourist in Saudi Arabia, he would have died, then?

Moot point, though, as anyone who went to Saudi Arabia would have, in any event, lost the will to live.  

Anonymous nomad said... 2:51 pm

This tale is also up chez the Hitch. The "victim" was Italian and as I asked over there, what would the docs have used had he been a Muzzie?  

Anonymous verity said... 6:13 pm

Interesting question, Nomad.

Also, if he'd been a tourist in SA, they would have had to go to a private house and ask for a bottle from the secret bar that swings out at the touch of a button. The bigger the digs, the better the selection. Those guys don't stint themselves.  

Anonymous nomad said... 5:21 am

Agree, Verity, these guys certainly do not stint themelves. I once went to a cocktail party in Kuwait held in the best hotel and although Kuwait was a "dry" state, the alcohol flowed quite freely despite (or because of) the presence of some very senior local bigwigs, and there was little or no shyness about the locals enjoying their tipples. The host, a prominent Arab businessman, had a table laden with several carton-loads of those extra large bottles of Black Label whisky. Purely for show of course, as the bar was on the other side of the room!  

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