Turkey: Many dead from adulterated alcohol

Status: 17.12.2021 5:40 p.m.

At least 26 people have died in Turkey after consuming illegally distilled alcohol. Because of the high prices of legal alcohol, illicit distillery is a common problem there.

There have been a number of deaths from alcohol adulteration in Turkey. According to the state news agency Anadolu, at least 26 people have died since December 13, most of them in the greater Istanbul area. It is said that eleven of the dead are foreigners. Another 16 people are currently being treated in hospitals.

Methanol damages nerves, kidneys, liver and eyes

It also said that the police took action against alleged black markers in several provinces of the country. There were four arrests. The problem with blackburning is the formation of poisonous methanol. The methanol-containing parts are usually thrown away. Sometimes that doesn’t happen with illegal distilling of schnapps. Consumption of methanol can cause damage to nerves, kidneys, liver and eyes.

Prices for legal alcohol have risen massively

Turkey is currently in a deep economic crisis. The prices for legal alcohol have risen sharply, among other things due to high inflation, a currency crisis and high taxes. While a bottle of the national drink raki cost eight lira when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2002, the price today is 250 lira, the equivalent of 15 euros. That is about a tenth of the monthly minimum wage. Given this situation, many people turn to home-distilled schnapps.


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