A man with 56 shots of alcohol in his belly sided suddenly of cardiac arrest, and now a French bar owner is on trail for allowing him to drink all night. The incident happened in October when a 57-year-old man named Renaud knocked drank 56 shots at a bar called Le Starter, according to Hip-Hop Wired.
“He set a new record at the bar,” a witness said. “The previous record was 55 shots and he was encouraged to drink alcohol as much as possible.”
During the evening, the man drank 30 shots of alcohol in just one minute. He had to be carried home by his daughter and her friends and later went into cardiac arrest. The courts are deciding if the bar owner is responsible for his death.
Witnesses say the man had already downed 14 shots before he decided he wanted to try and beat the record, according to Examiner. However, Renaud’s daughter notes that the landlord of the establishment told Renaud, “and 12 to go” at one point, which apparently encouraged him to continue. The daughter’s lawyer tells the Local that this is “a case of inciting someone to consume. That’s an extremely serious mistake for a bar owner.”
A man with 56 shots of alcohol in him is someone who can be poisoned. The owner denies the allegations and instead says that he told the man he should “stop his quest to break the record.” The owner’s lawyer notes that “no one forced the client to take on the challenge” and therefore the owner is not responsible.
The trial comes just months after the French government proposed a new law to curb binge drinking. If it passes, those who incite binge drinking can be punished with up to $19,000 in fines and a year in jail.
“He swallowed around 30 glasses in the space of a minute,” a police source said.
The man with 56 shots of alcohol had fallen into a coma before he was pronounced the dead the following day at the hospital.
The manager said he warned the man numerous times to stop, but he kept drinking alcohol “much too fast.” But the daughter disputed this version of events, saying it was only after the 56 shots had been consumed that he was told to go home.
“My father died by his own hand but it was the bar that served him the drinks,” she said. She sued the business after alcohol negligence was found in the case.
Police said the manager could be charged with “not assisting a person in danger.”
The man with 56 shots of alcohol incident had angered some locals that the bar didn’t stop serving the patron. The manager himself said he was “very affected” by the death, notes News Max. That was before he faced manslaughter charges.