Another traveller dies from local alcohol
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.
Sydney Morning Herald