The sale of Fake Alcohol potentially containing anti-freeze could put thousands in risk of blindness or death this New Year’s Eve.
As partygoers stock up on alcohol ahead of New Year’s Eve and others plan celebrations in town and city centres, councils are warning about the health implications of fake drinks.
A warning has been issued over the sale of counterfeit booze after hundreds of thousands of litres of Fake Alcohol were seized in the run-up to the festive season.
Some of the Fake Alcohol seized contain lethal chemicals such as chloroform, which can induce comas, and isopropanol, commonly found in car screenwash and anti-freeze.
Other substances found in counterfeit bottles include ethyl acetate, which is used in glues, nail polish removers and cigarettes and can lead to organ damage.
The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, is urging shoppers to keep safe by looking out for the tell-tale signs that bottles are fake – unfamiliar brand names, crooked labels, spelling errors and unusually low prices.
Simon Blackburn, chairman of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Everyone likes a bargain, especially at this time of the year, but drinking cheap, Fake Alcohol could seriously harm your health and even kill you, so people should avoid it at all costs.
“Some shopkeepers clearly have questions to answer about how these items arrive on their shelves. They need to think twice about stocking as we will always seek and prosecute irresponsible traders”
You should also check the smell of Fake Alcohol; as fake examples often smell like the chemicals.
The most popular Fake Alcohol is vodka. Even if you are buying alcohol in clubs and pubs still check the smell for your safety and the safety of others.
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