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Vodka bet binge kills student, 19

A STUDENT died of alcohol poisoning after pals challenged him to a £40 bet to down an almost full bottle of vodka.

Jason Venezia, 19, was dared to sink three-quarters of a litre at a rate of
one shot every 45 seconds.

Twenty minutes later he had polished off half a litre in 15 shots and was
so drunk he couldn't stand or speak properly, an inquest heard yesterday.

Friends carried him to bed and checked on him every 15 minutes for two
hours to make sure he did not choke on his own vomit.

But Jason, who was in his first year studying psychology at Warwick
University, was found dead from acute alcohol poisoning at 2pm the next

His blood contained an incredible 499mg of alcohol - more than SIX
TIMES the drink-drive limit of 80mg.

The inquest came four days after the BBC screened shocking footage of
University of Gloucestershire students taking part in a Nazi-style drinking

Jason's heartbroken parents, Ennio and Joan Venezia, from Solihull, West
Midlands, demanded a ban on boozing games and called for the legal age
for drinking to be raised from 18 to 21.

Mum Joan, 54, said: "Jason was not a heavy drinker. It's hard to believe
one night out with his friends led to this.

"Students need to know that their drinking games can lead to sudden
death. Jason's death is a devastating loss that we are struggling to come
to terms with. We miss him deeply."

Coventry coroner Sean McGovern said Jason died from alcohol misuse.
Recording a misadventure verdict, he added: "We hope lessons will be
learned, but it happens all the time."
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