Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chinese man proves that watching too much soccer on television can be deadly

I don't understand how anyone can stay awake for 11 consecutive nights to watch soccer on television; I have trouble staying awake for 11 consecutive minutes watching the game (I always found playing soccer to be much more fun than watchng it). As reported by Tom Phillips of the London Daily Telegraph, June 22, 2012:

A football-obsessed man from Changsha in south-central China has reportedly died after staying up for 11 successive nights to watch Euro 2012 matches.

According to a report in Hunan province's Sanxiang Metropolis newspaper, the 26-year-old was found dead by his mother after his 11-day football-watching marathon, finally expiring after Ireland's 2-0 defeat to Italy on June 18.

The time-difference between Europe and China means that most of the Euro 2012 matches only start at 2.45am local time, finishing at daybreak...

...Mr Jiang reportedly returned home at 5am last Tuesday but when his mother attempted to wake him for dinner that evening she found him dead.

Liu Zhiling, a doctor from the local People's Hospital ER, told the newspaper: "Jiang was in good health. But staying up through the night and not sleeping enough weakened his immune system and he drank and smoked while watching the football, triggering his condition."

"If you use beer to replace water that is not good. Alcohol harms [the body]," Dr Liu added.

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