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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2 replies

  1. “They ask thee concerning wine and the game of hazard. Say: ‘In both there is great sin and also some advantages for men; but their sin is greater than their advantage.’ And they ask thee what they should spend. Say: ‘What you can spare.’ Thus does Allah make His commandments clear to you that you may reflect.” (Al Quran 2:220)

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