Vodka Was the Best Medicine

Aussie docs save tourist's life with alcohol drip
By Ben Rubenstein,  Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2007 5:32 AM CDT
   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Doctors have long recommended a glass of red wine for a healthy heart; but vodka apparently can also do a body good. After running out of medicinal alcohol, doctors in an Australian hospital set up a vodka drip as an antidote to save the life of a poisoned Italian tourist, reports the BBC.

The 24-year-old man, who had swallowed poison contained in anti-freeze in an apparent suicide attempt, was given the equivalent of three standard drinks per hour for three days in the hospital's intensive care unit. "Fortunately for him, he was in a medically induced coma for a good portion of that," said a doctor. He eventually woke up, hangover-free, and was later discharged.