Man’s life saved by below-average-tasting beer

Clifton Vial, of Alaska, may owe his life to a few frozen cans of Coors Light. The Alaskan man crashed his truck and became stuck in a snowdrift for three days in temperatures that were as low as -28C.

He kept warm by staying in a sleeping bag and occasionally turning on the engine to run his heater. All he had for sustenance was frozen beer, which he ate after cutting open the cans with a knife.

Vial was found by a search party that was called in after he failed to turn up to a party.

Whether the beer actually saved his life or not is up for debate. Humans can survive longer than three days without food (but that is in optimal temperatures, not -28C), and alcohol dehydrates rather than hydrates – but it was Coors Light, so perhaps the lower alcohol content meant that he was able to receive some hydration from the beer.

At any rate, Vial made it out alive without having to melt snow or drink urine – cause for celebration for all concerned.


C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief and a reporter at large for We Interrupt and Uberreview. He currently resides in the Japanese countryside approximately two hours from Tokyo - where he has spent the better part of a decade testing his hypothesis that Japan is neither as quirky nor as interesting as others would have you believe.
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