There are many dangers and risks to your health associated with drinking imported alcohol. The ingredients used within can cause serious illness. Any financial saving you may make on the initial purchase is nowhere near worth the potential consequences and subsequent health problems.
What are the dangers of drinking imported alcohol?
To better understand the associated risks and dangers of drinking imported alcohol, it’s important to first understand exactly what it is.
In the UK, it is illegal to distil and/or sell alcohol to the public without a licence from HM Revenue & Customs. Imported alcohol does not have this licence and is therefore not subject to the same stringent health, safety and compliance tests as the lagers, ales and spirits you see in bars and pubs.
So, why is drinking imported alcohol dangerous? Well, quite simply, it is more than likely to contain potentially dangerous and hazardous chemicals,
This is because, whilst certified alcoholic drinks are made with ethanol – a form of alcohol that is safe to drink in moderation – imported or illegally-produced alcohol often uses cheaper alternatives.
Common cheap replacements for ethanol include the very same chemicals as those used in cleaning fluids, windscreen wash, nail polish remover and more. Methanol and isopropanol are just two of the common chemicals used in cheap, illegal alcohol. They can also be found in anti-freeze and fuel.
In terms of health, the dangers of drinking imported alcohol are demonstrated by the following common symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Drowsiness and dizziness
- Serious kidney and liver problems
Such are the dangers of drinking methanol, which is usually found in fake vodka, that consuming it can end up causing permanent blindness.
Given the dangers of drinking imported alcohol, it’s important to know how to recognise it. Here are a few of the tell-tale signs something isn’t right:
- Where it’s sold – If you’re buying from a reputable pub or supermarket, then you should be able to assume you’re safe.
- How much it costs – If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- How it’s packaged – Poor quality labelling, broken seals, fake barcodes and no duty stamp all point to illegal or imported alcohol, as does fake versions of well-known brands.
Making a claim
If you are made ill through drinking imported alcohol, then the pub you purchased it from may be liable for illness compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile today!
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice