Methanol Institute's Commitment to Bootleg Alcohol Prevention

The Methanol Institute (MI) and our members commit significant resources to ensuring safe use and handling of methanol throughout the global supply chain. The illegal manufacturing and distribution of contaminated alcoholic beverages can lead to injury and loss of life. This is largely preventable through proper enforcement, consumer education, and medical training.
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In 2012, MI established educational programs aimed at preventing methanol poisoning from production, consumption, and distribution of illegal and bootleg (counterfeit or illicit) alcoholic beverages. Over the years MI expanded these programs and is now working with global partners in at-risk markets worldwide to protect consumers from adulterated alcoholic beverages.

Methanol Poisoning

Educational videos on Methanol Poisoning

Could it be Methanol Poisoning?


MI continues to work hard to combat methanol poisoning through the dissemination of poisoning prevention and first aid information across the globe. Read our guide on methanol poisoning. 
We also have translated this guide into many different languages. Click below to access the information. 

Safety During COVID-19

Consumption of Industrial Products Does Not Ward Off COVID-19

As the Iranian people and government work to contain the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the families of victims who have succumbed to the virus as well as those who have been poisoned after mistakenly thinking that drinking an industrial product, methanol, could effectively prevent them from contracting COVID-19.

Alcohol and COVID-19: what you need to know?

The World Health Organization has published a guide about alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have developed a methanol safety guide during COVID-19 and have also translated it into many languages. Click below to view them all.


For additional information on Bootleg Alcohol Prevention, visit our additional resources page.