The problem of counterfeiting in liquor industry

Counterfeit alcohol is illegally produced and is often manufactured in unlicensed distilleries, the backyard of homes and even hideouts located at unknown locations of the city. Due to an increase in demand of alcohol-based beverages and an increase in tax on the same forgers are manufacturing large quantities of alcohol to reap maximum profits.

Counterfeiters are employing all kinds of tricks and cunning measures to make, package and sell fake alcohol in different locations. The most surprising thing about counterfeit alcohol is that it is sold on high prices and consumers are not able to determine the genuineness of the alcohol.

With the boom of globalization and pop culture, different kinds of alcoholic beverages are gaining popularity among the masses especially youngsters. Some of the prominent highly popular liquor forms are Vodka, Tequila, Champagne and Beer.

However, the most worrying thing about these alcoholic drinks is that they are being counterfeited on a vast level and it has become challenging for the manufacturers and consumers to identify the real products. According to an article published in Financial Times “Paul Varga, Chief Executive of Brown-Forman, told the Financial Times “A third of the world’s alcohol is estimated to come from what we call illicit production.”

Alcoholic drinks that are properly produced pass through strict quality control and different checks. These drinks are made with ethanol in a given proportion which is ideal and safe for human consumption.

But fake alcohol drinks usually have other adulterants which are harmful to the consumer and have inappropriate quantities of harmful additives. Drinking such type of alcohol can leave one blind, lead to liver or kidney failure, coma and even death.

According to Drinkaware’s Chief Medical Advisor Professor Paul Wallace explains: “Commonly used substitutes for ethanol include chemicals used in cleaning fluids, nail polish remover and automobile screen wash, as well as methanol and isopropanol which are used in antifreeze and some fuels. These other types of alcohol can produce similar effects to ethanol in terms of making you feel tipsy. But they are also potentially very dangerous.”

Drinking alcohol containing these chemicals can cause nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, drowsiness and dizziness. It can also lead to kidney or liver problems and even coma. Methanol, a substance which can be used in fake vodka, may cause permanent blindness.

Some of the common adulterants used in fake alcohol are antifreeze chemicals, nail polish remover, screen wash and even low-quality unprocessed alcohol.