WSTA and Crimestoppers tackle fake alcohol

19th December, 2017 by Owen Bellwood

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has partnered with charity Crimestoppers on a Christmas campaign that warns the British public about the risks of drinking fake alcohol.

Fake alcohol can leave drinkers bed bound, suffering black outs and with blurred vision or even short-term sight loss

Fake alcohol products can contain a toxic mix of chemicals, which can leave drinkers bed bound for days and even with short-term sight loss.

This year, the campaign focusses on spirits, especially vodka, and is asking people to speak up if they have information about sellers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of counterfeit alcohol.

Dave Hunter, head of operations at Crimestoppers, said: “Fake booze might seem like a good idea especially with many people making the most of festivities in the run up to Christmas. However, knock-off alcohol is no laughing matter. It’s incredibly risky to consume as it’s unregulated and unlicensed so potentially the consumer could ingest a range of dangerous chemicals.”

Earlier this year, HM Revenue and Customs uncovered an illegal UK factory bottling “potentially toxic” vodka.

Hunter added: “If you suspect fake alcohol is being sold in a shop, bar, pub or venue, please let our charity know.”

People with information are encouraged to speak to The Alcohol Fraud Reporting Line on 0800 234 6388 where anyone reporting information will remain 100% anonymous.

One Response to “WSTA and Crimestoppers tackle fake alcohol”

  1. Illicit alcohol cannot be deterred or defeated without consumer engagement. This is a smart move. Consumers and industry members in the USA and worldwide may also submit tips and reports to or call the toll free tip line in the U.S. (833) SAFE-TIP. Always be aware of your drinks and bottles.

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