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What is counterfeit alcohol consumption and how to stop it?SEXI News

A shocking tragedy that claimed 40 lives in parts of Gujarat is now at the center of politics and a real health issue. This has raised many questions as to what exactly goes into these counterfeit liquors, how people fall prey to them and, more importantly, what exactly can be done to prevent this not new problem. East.

What happened in Gujarat?

40 people have died in several parts of Ahmedabad district and around 50 people are still fighting for their lives in hospital after consuming fake alcohol in Bhavnagar, Botad and Ahmedabad.

According to a preliminary investigation, some petty liquor smugglers from different villages in Botad district made bogus alcohol by mixing water with methyl alcohol or methanol, a highly toxic industrial solvent, and sold to the villagers for 20 rupees a sachet. According to police, a man named Jayesh alias Raju stole 600 liters of methyl alcohol from a godown in Ahmedabad where he worked as a manager and then on July 25 gave them to his Botad-based cousin Sanjay for Rs 40,000. sold in

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What is Counterfeit Alcohol?

Vin de pays is made by fermenting molasses or other types of fruit extracts and even rice which is then mixed with yeast and water. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for fermentation to take place. To keep up with demand, smaller bootleggers resort to adding methanol, which not only helps speed up the process, but also adds a bit more “buzz.” Vin de pays can be classified as fake wine or booze when the amount of methane can be lethal. Excess methane when injected into the body is metabolized to form formaldehyde which then turns into formic acid which can be fatal.

Why do people fall prey to such alcoholism?

The answer to this question stems from a simple problem of demand versus supply and adds to the complexity of costs. Many examples of Hooch’s tragedies can be traced primarily to incidents that occur in states where alcohol is banned. People keep looking for cheaper alternatives in desperation. They are also easy targets for smugglers trying to make a quick buck selling cheap, low-quality booze, which they sell for a good profit.

AAP workers protest against Gujarat liquor incident in Delhi. (Picture: News18)

history of tragedies hooch

There has been an increase in the number of alcohol-related deaths in the country. According to a report by ABP Live, an average of 3 people die every day in the country from alcohol poisoning. Recently, Lok Sabha released a detailed report of the top 5 states that reported the highest number of deaths from illicit and fake alcohol consumption in the year 2016 to 2020, with Bihar and Chhattisgarh leading the way. of list. According to the data, more than 6,000 people died from illegitimate alcohol consumption between 2016 and 2020, with the lowest number of 947 deaths in 2020.

How can we stop it?

Whenever alcohol bans are discussed in the political arena, experts continue to advocate for awareness, and not just in states where legislation already prohibits its consumption.

Experts claim that alcohol consumption is inelastic and this is true for states that do not ban alcohol and still see a huge increase in deaths from bogus alcohol consumption.

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