Homemade liquor kills 12, sickens 21 in Dominican Republic
yahoo.com - Authorities in the Dominican Republic say at least a dozen people have died and 21 more have been hospitalized after drinking homemade liquor containing methanol.

Officials say the first deaths occurred last week and the remaining people recently became sick after drinking the same liquor during funerals for the initial victims.

Health Secretary Altagracia Guzman said Tuesday that officials are trying to find the source of the liquor and no one has been arrested.

Authorities say that the deaths occurred near the border the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti and that an unknown number of people also died in Haiti.

The liquor is known as clairin and is made from sugarcane.


Poisoning with substandard alcohol

Separately it is necessary to tell about poisoning with surrogates of alcohol. According to statistics, this type of poisoning takes the leading position in the list of all intoxications. At the same time, more than 90% of the victims die before the moment of hospitalization.

The surrogates of alcohol are:

  • суррогаты алкоголя

    butyl, hydrolytic and sulphite alcohols;

  • denatured alcohol;
  • colognes;
  • various means of the paint and varnish industry;
  • methyl alcohol;
  • ethylene glycol.

When poisoning with such products intoxication is weak or does not occur at all, often visual impairment, convulsions, salivation, sweating, vomiting, abdominal pain and joint pain.


List of methanol poisoning incidents - Wikipedia

Outbreaks of methanol poisoning have occurred when methanol is used to adulterate moonshine (bootleg liquor). Methanol has a high toxicity in humans. If as little as 10 mL of pure methanol is ingested, for example, it can break down into formic acid, which can cause permanent blindness by destruction of the optic nerve

Intoxication with surrogates can not be taken at home - it's always necessary to immediately seek qualified medical help. Procrastination can cost lives. As measures of first aid cause vomiting, take enterosorbent and any enveloping agent. Further, hospitalization in a hospital is necessary.

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