Tainted Booze Kills 20 in Costa Rica

Pro tip: Don’t go to Costa Rica for Happy Hour!

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source: Yahoo Lifestyle

At least 20 people — ages 32 to 72 — have died from drinking alcohol tainted with methanol in Costa Rica, according to the Costa Rican Health Ministry, just weeks after nine people were reported dead in the Dominican Republic.

“The deceased, all over 30, are divided into 15 men and 5 women…………. Eighteen of them Costa Ricans, a Nicaraguan and a deceased still under investigation.”

Health Ministry of Costa Rico press release

The government agency has confiscated approximately 30,000 bottles from six different brands of alcohol, according to The Washington Post. Names of the tainted products include Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Star Welsh, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Aguardiente Molotov. The agency also urged people not to purchase or consume any of these alcohol brands.

Methanol, which is wood alcohol, is sometimes added to illegally-produced booze, such as bootleg liquor. While it’s chemically similar to ethanol (the alcohol people consume), methanol can be toxic. Craig Smollin, MD, the medical director of the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, tells Yahoo Lifestyle: “Methanol is metabolized by your body into other substances that are toxic to your body” — namely, formaldehyde and formic acid.

Happy Hour in Costa Rica is cancelled until further notice!

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