Toxic Liquor Results in Czech Booze Ban

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Curbing cocktails for the moment.
Curbing cocktails for the moment. Photo: iStockphoto

That story about Czech Republic residents being bad servers was silly, but this is just scary: The country has banned all hard liquor after more than 50 people either died or became critically ill due to toxic methanol-laced bootleg booze. According to The Wall Street Journal, "Czech authorities instituted the ban after legitimate-looking bottles of alcohol laced with methanol started appearing in liquor stores across several Czech regions, as well as in Prague."

Curbing cocktails for the moment.
Curbing cocktails for the moment. Photo: iStockphoto

Twenty-two people have been arrested, but officials "have failed to find any distillery that has produced the methanol-laced alcohol." Poland also instituted a 30-day ban on all Czech booze, and some people are saying the incident is a wake-up call for the country, which has somewhat lax bootlegging regulations. The country’s deputy finance minister tells the Journal, "It’d be appropriate to do something about making [bootlegging] a crime."

After Poisonings, Czech Republic Bans Hard Liquor [WSJ]
Poland bans Czech alcohol after deaths [Chicago Tribune]