4 DEAD, 13 HOSPITALIZED AFTER DRINKING LAMBANOG
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MANILA --Alarming reports on the death of almost a dozen people after drinking Lambanog a local wine made from fermented sap of coconut tree.
Popularized in the province of Quezon, this caused the death of four tricycle drivers and 13 others were hospitalized after downing six liters of the coconut wine in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches.
While preparing stuff for their Christmas party, the victims decided to drink the lambanog they bought from a neighbor.
They returned the next day and consumed the remaining lambanog inside a plastic container.
The following day, the victims complained of severe stomach pain and were rushed to Novaliches District Hospital. Delfin Bangayon died while undergoing treatment.
Reyes and Cuadra died on Dec. 3 while Crispulo Mateo Jr. passed away on Dec. 4 at East Avenue Medical Center.
Last November a 60 year-old man and his two sons died after drinking the same in Capas Tarlac. Edilito Sicat his sons Jommel and Edgardo allegedly collapse and died on the spot where they were having a drinking spree.
In August three members of a family in Luisiana, a town in Laguna province, also died after going on a four-day lambanog drinking spree with their friends. The three fatalities were identified as Michelle Faustino, her partner Roland Gradia, and his aunt Sonia Gardia.
Commonly described as coconut wine or coconut vodka, Lambanog is not for the faint-hearted. Distilled from the sap of the unopened coconut flower, it is particularly potent, having a typical alcohol content of 80 to 90 proof (40 to 45%) after a single distillation; this may go as high as 166 proof (83%) after the second distillation.
According to DOH excessive drinking can damage the liver and other internal organs, this will cause complications and leads to one’s death. (LON)