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Jan. 6th, 2004 | 12:13 pm
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Latvian man survives deadly binge

A Latvian man has recovered after drinking enough alcohol to kill two normal people.

Tests showed that he had 7.22 parts per thousand of alcohol in his blood, while four parts per thousand would usually be fatal.

The man was taken to intensive care on Wednesday, but was well enough to talk to journalists on Thursday.

He said he had got drunk because his wife left him - and his wife left him because he drank too much.

He did not remember how much drink he had on Wednesday night, when he was found at a bus stop in the capital Riga.

"The last thing I remember before passing out was a bottle of home-madealcohol I took from someone," he told a Latvian newspaper.

He said he did not know whether he would behave differently in future.

Health official Martin Sics told reporters that there was no record of anybody having survived such a dose before.

The Latvian press says a 30-year-old man found dead in February 2001 had 8.25 parts per thousand of alcohol in his blood.

Police spokeswoman Ieva Zvidre said an average person would vomit at a level of about 1.2, lose consciousness at 3.0 and stop breathing at around 4.0.

She told the BBC she did not know whether the man who survived 7.2 parts per thousand had set a world record.

But she added: "I don't think this is a good way to get into the record books."

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