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Michael McCormack Says ‘Potent’ Kava Drink Left Him ‘Cross-eyed’ With A ‘Drunken Feeling’ During Pacific Islands Bi-partisan Visit

The former deputy prime minister had one day earlier sculled five bowls of kava before he drunk a more “potent” version of the drink in Micronesia, which left him in hospital and forced to cancel the rest of his bi-partisan trip in the Pacific Islands.
19 Dec 2022 17:04
Michael McCormack Says ‘Potent’ Kava Drink Left Him ‘Cross-eyed’ With A ‘Drunken Feeling’ During Pacific Islands Bi-partisan Visit
He was later helped by officials to a waiting car where he was transported to hospital and treated for dehydration. Photo: ABC

Micronesia: Nationals MP Michael McCormack revealed he made the mistake of sculling a traditional Pacific Islands drink, which left him ill in hospital.

The former deputy prime minister was left “cross-eyed” and feeling drunk when he finished a bowl of kava “in one hit” on Friday while on a bi-partisan tour of the region.

He downed the brown liquid as part of a traditional ritual in front of other dignitaries, including Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Micronesia’s President David Panuelo.

Mr McCormack had one day earlier drank five coconut shells of kava during a ceremony in Vanuatu but did not feel sick afterwards.

But he was left surprised at how potent the North Pacific version of the drink is, also known as sakau, while meeting with VIPs in Micronesia.

 

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Source: Sky News

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