Turkey’s bootleg booze problem continues: “Ninety-two dead from Turkish bootleg booze in two months

Religiously motivated pressure on alcholic beverages has an increasing toll…

Ninety-two people in Turkey have died of poisoning from bootleg alcohol since October, Turkish news website Diken reported on Wednesday.

The deaths occurred in at least 13 provinces including Izmir, Istanbul and Bursa, Diken said.

Rising alcohol prices in Turkey, caused largely by higher taxes, have pushed Turks to produce and consume more counterfeit spirits in recent years. This has caused a rise in alcohol poisoning cases as more people turned to black market alternatives.

Ninety-two people in Turkey have died of poisoning from bootleg alcohol since October, Turkish news…

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