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Fake Alcohol Could Be Behind
the Deaths in the Dominican Republic

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Posted By: earlybird, 6/21/2019 5:15:37 PM

Over the past three months, at least eight Americans have fallen mysteriously ill and died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Though the Dominican government insists that the deaths are not connected, experts say that many of victims have had eerily similar symptoms, leading police to investigate what they believe could be the shared source: Bootleg alcohol. Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that local authorities are looking into whether bootleg liquor could explain the illnesses, as many of the victims reportedly drank from their hotel’s swim-up pool bar or their room’s minibar before their death.

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Methanol. Plausible. Read short article...

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jimincalif 6/21/2019 5:33:52 PM (No. 103458)
Sounds plausible. Has anyone reported on whether or not other (non-U.S.) tourists have experienced similar illnesses and death? Seems an obvious question to ask.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Highlander 6/21/2019 6:15:56 PM (No. 103480)
So, are the authorities going to test the liquor at these resorts? Silly question.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: offrope 6/21/2019 6:46:22 PM (No. 103508)
Seems that more people would have been affected if this was the cause. If the liquor was poured from a bottle, the whole bottle would have methanol resulting in more sick people.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: John Farson 6/21/2019 7:26:49 PM (No. 103531)
If they are using miniatures you would only be using 1 1/2 ounce containers per drink. The alcohol seems to be where to look but poeple have become sick who did not drink any alcohol.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: GO3 6/21/2019 8:50:42 PM (No. 103605)
#3, not necessarily. For example, home distilled hard liquor is done frequently in western compounds in muslim countries and if you don't know what you're doing, you can make people sick or cause death. Siddique (or Sid for short) is commercially a rum, but is a favorite home distilled liquor. The first product out the tube is methanol to be followed by the good ethanol. Experienced folks know to discard the initial product. So, even if the bottle smells OK, a small amount of methanol can be fatal as noted in the article. I would not touch any type of home brew alcohol overseas and some people's desperation for a drink led to some serious illnesses and vision problems. The home brew/methanol explanation is a reasonable conclusion. But as some have said, why go there at all?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: hershey 6/21/2019 8:52:31 PM (No. 103607)
Ah good old bathtub gin, or moonshine....
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Reply 7 - Posted by: joew9 6/21/2019 10:08:50 PM (No. 103658)
A few years ago a British woman vacationing in Athens went blind from methanol tainted liquor.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: cor-vet 6/21/2019 11:31:22 PM (No. 103707)
Huge impeach Trump rally in the Dominican Republic next week-end. Free 737- Max flights and free drinks!
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