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With beer shortages and ‘dry laws’ imposed, more than 100 people die from adulterated alcohol in Mexico

More than a hundred people have died in recent weeks in Mexico due to the consumption of adulterated alcohol in states such as Jalisco, Morelos, Puebla, and Yucatan.

In Jalisco, at least 31 people have died from adulterated alcohol consumption, six of these in the past day.

According to a statement from the state Health Secretariat, six people who lived in the municipality of Chapala lost their lives in the day after consuming adulterated alcohol, while two others are hospitalized.

“The Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks of the State of Jalisco (Coprisjal), also began investigations regarding the product (alcohol) in order to determine its composition,” according to the statement.

The victims were residents of the town of Ajijic, in the municipality of Chapala, all known to each other, and apparently the ingested alcohol was purchased in bulk.

The Ministry of Health of Jalisco identified that the majority of cases are associated with the consumption of a 96-proof cane alcohol from El Chorrito, the production of which, it is suspected, has been adulterated with methyl alcohol (methanol).

Last week at least 25 people were recorded dead in the state of Jalisco from the consumption of adulterated alcohol, whose case is already being investigated by the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).

This is in addition to the 29 people who have died from ingesting allegedly adulterated alcohol in various communities in the central Mexican state of Morelos.

According to the first investigations, the deaths were caused by the consumption of a type of mezcal called “Amargo”, which was consumed by the victims between Sunday, May 10 and Monday, May 11.

These cases were registered in the municipalities of Axochiapan, Jonacatepec and Telixtac .

In the central state of Puebla, some 40 people from different localities have lost their lives due to adulterated alcohol consumption.

This Wednesday, the state government reported that about 20 people lost their lives after consuming allegedly adulterated alcohol in the municipality of Chiconcuautla.

The people were poisoned after ingesting “refino” (agave distillate), presumably from the municipality of Zacatlán, and according to the state government, five more people remain hospitalized.

Another 17 deaths are added in the municipality of Totimehuacán, also for consuming a kind of loose mezcal, and three more deaths in the town of Xochitlán, in the same state.

In a statement, the Puebla health authorities regretted the deaths and indicated that so far more than 200 liters of alcohol have been seized that are related to these deaths.

They also indicated that they will continue with the investigations and will intentionally search for suspicious cases, in order to assess them and provide them with medical attention.

According to local media, most people reportedly drank alcohol at a funeral.

While in the southern state of Yucatan, the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) confirmed on Sunday the death of three people, out of a total of 11 who were admitted to the Rural Hospital Number 59 of the IMSS in Acanceh from alcohol poisoning.

Some residents of those affected stated that the group of eleven people consumed ethyl drinks that they obtained clandestinely, since in the state there is a dry law – the sale of alcohol was prohibited – due to the pandemic due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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