Oktoberfest drinkers treated every 10 minutes
Source: The Local
Munich hospitals treat a drinker every 10 minutes during Oktoberfest. This time of year the city’s accident and emergency departments become, for some, just another tent at the festival.
Unconcerned about the open wound on his leg, an elderly patient only has one thought on his mind – alcohol. “Is there any wheat beer?” he asks staff. But despite being just a stone’s throw away from Oktoberfest, there is no beer in Munich’s University Hospital. The closest patients get to alcohol in the hospital on this Saturday night are the paper beer mugs on Oktoberfest-themed bunting, put up by doctors for the world’s largest folk festival.
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