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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. 

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More Bootleg Alcohol Prevention Information Can be Found Below

MI Statement: Irkutsk Surrogate Alcohol Poisoning (English)
DOM LAVIGNE, Director of Government & Public Affairs - Asia Pacific/Middle East;

Methanol Institute

MI Statement: Irkutsk Surrogate Alcohol Poisoning (Russian)
DOM LAVIGNE, Director of Government & Public Affairs - Asia Pacific/Middle East;

Methanol Institute

Methanol Poisoning At a Glance
KNUT ERIK HOVDA, MD, Ph.D;
RAIDO PAASMA, MD;
MORTEN ROSTRUP MD, Ph.D;

Doctors Without Borders

Methanol Poisoning Outbreaks
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

A fact sheet with key methanol facts, as well as poisoning prevention and treatment information.

Adulterated Alcohol Poisoning: Issue Summary
METHANOL INSTITUTE

An in-house fact sheet with prevention and treatment information, as well as a list of informally produced alcoholic drinks by country.

Lifesaving Initiatives about Methanol: Poisoning Prevention
DOM LAVIGNE;
LHANI & TIM DAVIES;

Methanol Institute (Singapore);

L.I.A.M. Charitable Fund (Australia/Indonesia)

First Aid Treatment for Suspected Methanol Poisoning
DR. MARK MONAGHAN, MBBS FACEM

Clinical Toxicologist; Fiona Stanley Hospital