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Homeless man dies after drinking booze and durian – urban myth or Thai truth?

Ask most Thais and they will tell you never to eat durian with alcohol. 

It can lead to an untimely death, they claim. 

Most information on the internet claims that this is an urban myth though doctors accept that combining the two can cause severe indigestion and bloating and perhaps should be avoided. 

The question of urban myth or truth is in the news after police in Na Jomtien, Sattahip found a homeless man dead in a bus shelter outside Ban Ampher school yesterday. 

The man was dressed in a loin cloth and was found dead in a seated position leaning against a support of the roadside “sala”. There were no injuries on the body. 

Locals said his name was “Mee” (bear) and he was a habitual drinker from Rayong who people in the area would employ to clean up their yards.

He spent the money on alcohol  that he would drink every day at the shelter where he slept. 

Na Jomtien police said that he had succumbed to lao khao (white spirit) and a large amount of durian that had led to a condition known as “rorn nai” in Thai. 

Thais generally avoid “rorn nai” (heat inside or as doctors’ say aphthous ulcers generally associated with the mouth and gums) by not consuming alcohol with sweet substances but with savory or salty items. 

An autopsy has been ordered on the 48 year old man. 




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