Authorities doled out punishments to eight food and drug officials in Hubei province who were present at a booze-fueled work lunch in December that led to the death of a colleague who took one-too-many shots of baijiu.
Liu Jianxin, an official with the food and drug administration in Tongshan county in Xianning, died after heavy alcohol consumption at a work lunch with seven colleagues and a supervisor on December 19, according to Sina.
The food and drug chief in Huangsha township was removed from his position, while the other officials received warnings for ‘drinking during working hours’. They managed to keep their jobs.
China has banned officials from boozing at lunch in an attempt to put an end to the tradition of mixing baijiu and business, although several cases like this are still commonly reported. Last April, a deputy county chief in Guangxi died of alcohol poisoning after drinking too much rice wine at lunch during his first day on the job.
Authorities have also been cracking down on excessive drinking at lavish banquets for similar reasons. In November, an official from Heilongjiang was suspended from the Communist Party after one of his guests died from drinking too much at a celebratory banquet.
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