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Clifton Vial, Alaska Man Stranded In The Snow, Survives By Eating Beer

First Posted: 12/04/11 02:11 PM ET Updated: 12/05/11 01:07 PM ET

Drinking beer isn't generally viewed as something that's good for your physical health.

While some studies have claimed that drinking beer may reduce the risk of heart disease, alcoholic beverages often contain a high amount of calories, and drinking alcohol "reduces the amount of fat the body burns for energy." These two factors, according the University of Rochester Health Service, can lead to the infamous beer belly and obesity associated health problems.

But, for Clifton Vial, beer may have actually saved his life -- or at least made waiting for rescuers a little less boring.

Vial, an Alaska man, found himself stranded in snow in remote Alaska with only a few cans of Coors Light to drink, the Alaska Daily News reports.

According to the Alaska Daily News, he was not prepared for the emergency. His cellphone didn't have any service nor did he have access to a a survival kit. Instead he had a few cans of frozen Coors Light.

The Alaska Daily News also reports that he ended up stranded after heading off on a long drive.

This video, noted in the Huffington Post video above, shows the harsh conditions one would face when driving in Alaska during winter.


While trapped in his car and stranded in the snow for three days, Clifton ate the frozen Coors Light. The Alaska Daily News reports that

Vial approached the beers like cans of beans. "I cut the lids off and dug it out with a knife," he said.

Whether Clifton actually enjoyed the taste of the beer was not mentioned by the Alaska Daily News.
When not frozen, Coors Light receives scathing reviews from beer enthusiasts. Users of website Beer Advocate have given the brand a D grade. Ratebeer.com users gave Coors Light an overall rating of zero, the lowest possible on their 0-100 scale.

But when it's the only thing available while stranded in remote Alaska, the beer may have tasted quite good.