A deputy county chief in Guangxi died of alcohol poisoning after drinking too much during a lunch with colleagues on his first day of a new job.
SCMP relays from local media that the man, Zhong Xiefei, came to work for his first day on April 9 and at lunch, he drank rice wine with other provincial and county-level officials. Zhong’s family later that night found him sleeping, snoring loudly, but they had no reason to believe he had drank lethal amounts.
At 6:00 a.m the next morning, Zhong was found dead. Authorities concluded on Monday that Zhong had died from excessive alcohol consumption. Seven other officials who drank with him were fired.
In Novmeber, an official from Heilongjiang province was suspended from the Communist Party after one of his party guests died from drinking too much at a celebratory banquet. A month later, an official was suspended after a school-visit-turned-drinking-party left an administrator dead in Peng’an county, Sichuan.
President Xi Jinping’s highly touted campaign on corruption has looked to lessen the frequency of similar events since he started cracking down on extravagance at banquets. Since, sales of moutai have dropped significantly and wine has began replacing liquor at official dinners.