Dodgy vodka would give more than a blinding hangover

Islington’s vodka drinkers have been at risk of more than a hangover, after counterfeit vodka was found, contaminated with methanol.

It turns out that methanol can blind you – not just make you blind drunk. A list of the symptoms of methanol poisoning starts off like a bad night – headache, dizziness, nausea, lack of coordination, confusion, drowsiness – but goes on to unconsciousness and death.

So action by Islington Council to confiscate the blinding booze and prosecute its pushers is welcome.

I was amused to see that Terry Stacy, announcing the news, said the Council’s action sent out a clear message….

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