Downing Pint of Vodka in 4 Seconds Kills Brit He had 5.5 times the legal blood-alcohol limit By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Sep 30, 2010 3:20 AM CDT 9 comments Comments Brit electricians assistant died of "misadventure" caused by alcohol poisoning. (?lisahazen) (Newser) – A British electrician's assistant was killed by booze after downing a pint of vodka in 4 seconds, an inquest was told yesterday. He also had traces of mephedrone, a then-legal substance that creates feelings of euphoria, but the coroner said alcohol alone caused the death of Richard Davies, 29, reports the BBC. His blood alcohol level was 5.5 times the maximum limit for drivers. "I did try to take the glass off him," a friend testified. "But he turned his back on me, pushed me away, and drank it all."