The number of people lost their lives after fake alcohol poisoning in Turkey rose to 31. According to Demirören News Agency (DHA), following the deaths due to fake alcohol in Turkey’s İzmir, Kırıkkale, and Mersin, a citizen from Turkey’s İstanbul died of fake alcohol poisoning at the hospital where he was taking treatment. While three people in İstanbul are still under treatment at İstanbul’s Kartal Training and Research Hospital on suspicion of fake alcohol poisoning, police forces carried out a fake alcohol operation in 3 districts of İstanbul. In the last few days, five people in Mersin, 18 people in İzmir, seven people in Kırıkkale, and one person in İstanbul died of fake alcohol. On the other hand, the court has arrested 3 out of 4 people who were detained for supplying fake alcohol in an operation launched in Mersin.
The Chamber Of Chemical Engineers (KMO) released a statement on poisoning by fake drinks that cause death and damage to the nervous system. Emphasizing that fake alcohol poisoning has become a common social problem in the last decade, KMO highlighted methyl alcohol used in non-standard production enterprises due to the high Special Consumption Tax (SCT) received from alcoholic beverages as the cause of deaths. “SCT on alcoholic beverages should be reduced, and inspections on alcohol sales and availability should be increased in order to prevent deaths,” the statement said.