Methanol Institute's Commitment to Bootleg Alcohol Prevention
As the trade association for the global methanol industry, the Methanol Institute is working to prevent future incidents of methanol poisoning from the distribution of illegal bootleg alcohol beverages. Illegal manufacturing and distribution of contaminated alcoholic beverages carries serious consequences leading to injury and loss of life, and are largely preventable with proper enforcement and consumer education. Globally, more than 70 million metric tonnes of methanol are safely produced, shipped and used in industrial settings each year. The Methanol Institute strongly condemns the illegal use of methanol in alcoholic beverages. The Methanol Institute is leading efforts to prevent bootleg alcohol poisoning, including the development of test methods for the early detection of methanol poisoning both in the blood stream and in bottles of potentially tainted alcohol.
Methanol Institute's Partnership with the L.I.A.M Charitable Foundation
To prevent further loss of lives to bootleg alcohol poisoning, the Methanol Institute partnered with the L.I.A.M Charitable Fund in November of 2013. The L.I.A.M Charitable Fund was founded in March 2013 by Lhani and Tim Davies, whose son Liam had died from unknowingly drinking methanol-tainted alcoholic spirits while on holiday in Indonesia’s Gilli Islands in January 2013. Currently, program initiatives can be found in both Indonesia and Vietnam with hopes for expansion into other countries suffering from bootleg alcohol poisoning. L.I.A.M stands for Lifesaving Initiatives About Methanol and more can be found on this organization here.
How The Industry is Leading the Way in Prevention
Educational presentation presented by MI and L.I.A.M Charitable Fund at the 7th International Methanol Producers & Consumers Association (IMPCA) Methanol Conference 2014.
More Bootleg Alcohol Prevention Information Can be Found Below
Adulterated Alcohol Poisoning: Issue Summary
An in-house fact sheet with prevention and treatment information, as well as a list of informally produced alcoholic drinks by country.
Indonesia Bootleg Alcohol Prevention Program Materials
Vietnam Bootleg Alcohol Prevention Program Materials
MI Poison Prevention Partnership
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