Another traveller dies from local alcohol

LINDSAY MURDOCH
Last updated 14:06 08/01/2013
Alcohol abroad
DANGEROUS BREW: Liam Davies suffered methanol poisoning after drinking at a bar on the island of Lombok on New Year's Eve.

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Another Australian traveller has died after a night of partying in a South-East Asia country, adding to concerns about binge drinking and potentially fatal locally-made cocktails.

Darwin man Kane Scriven, 40, has died after a night of heavy drinking in Laos, according to a friend, Nick Parkin.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed the death, although further details are unknown.

Just over a week ago Denni North, 33, died after being found barely conscious beside a pool in Bali.

Perth man Liam Davies, 19, died last week after suffering methanol poisoning from a drink on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok.

Melbourne man Sebastian Eric Faulkner, 21, plunged to his death from the ninth floor of a hotel in Phuket on new year’s day.

Laos has become a popular destination for mainly young adventure travellers. Three Australians died in the country within a month last year, two of them from tubing, a sport involving floating down a river.

Australian foreign minister Bob Carr last week appealed for a ban the selling of adulterated drinks overseas.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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