Tag Archives: Methanol

• Can Homemade Booze Kill You? You Betcha

Can Homemade Booze Kill You? You Betcha

Seventy-nine Libyans have died this week from drinking homemade spirits in the conservative North African country where alcohol is illegal. Libyan officials suspect that the homemade liquor contained methanol, and said many of those who survived drinking it were blinded, according to the Associated Press. Methanol Poisoning Methanol poisoning is infrequent in the U.S., but […]

• Czech kiosk liquor ban after 19 die drinking bootleg spirits

Czech kiosk liquor ban after 19 die drinking bootleg spirits

Clampdown on market stall sales of hard liquor after poisoning deaths from vodka and rum laced with methanol. The Czech government on Wednesday banned hard liquor sales by street vendors after a 16th person died from drinking bootleg vodka and rum containing methanol, in the country’s worst case of alcohol-related deaths in decades. The government […]

• Beware in Bali. Backpacker blinded by methanol cocktail

Beware in Bali. Backpacker blinded by methanol cocktail

Emergency doctors are warning about the dangers of tainted cocktails in South-East Asia after a 19-year-old American woman was left with permanent visual impairment after consuming multiple drinks containing methanol. The backpacker drank eight to 10 complementary cocktails at two Bali bars and arrived in New Zealand 35 hours later suffering shortness of breath and […]

• Can Drinking Moonshine Really Make Me Go Blind?

Can Drinking Moonshine Really Make Me Go Blind?

The short answer: yes, it’s possible to go blind from drinking moonshine. But it’s also possible to go blind staring at the sun. When consuming alcoholic beverages of the DIY variety, the important thing is to let common sense be your guide. The idea that moonshine or other home-distilled liquors can cause blindness is rooted […]