10 years since the methanol scandal, which took the lives of fifty people

10 years since the methanol scandal, which took the lives of fifty people
10 years since the methanol scandal, which took the lives of fifty people


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The first victim was a 62-year-old man from Havířov on September 3, 2012, and his three-year-younger partner also succumbed to the poisoning. The largest number of methyl alcohol poisonings were recorded in the Moravian-Silesian Region, but there were also victims in Vysočín, South Bohemia, Central Bohemia and Ústí Region, and in Prague. Punched alcohol from the Czech Republic also killed in Poland, where three people died after consuming it.


Chemical formula of methanol|Photo: NEUROtiker, Wikimedia Commons, public domain

At that time, less than fifty people died in the Czech Republic as a result of drinking alcohol mixed with poisonous methanol. Several dozen other people suffered permanent consequences, such as blindness. A total of about 140 are damaged.

Prohibition and tightening of conditions

The government responded to the wave of deaths on September 12, 2012 by banning the sale of hard alcohol in stands, two days later a ban was issued on the sale of spirits with an alcohol content of 20 percent or more in the entire territory of the Czech Republic. The last restrictions fell only in October 2013.


Inspection of the ban on stall sales of “hard alcohol” – Customs Administration of the Czech Republic in front of a stand at Prague’s Smíchovský nádraží station, September 13, 2012|Photo: Luděk Kovář, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

The case led to the tightening of rules for the production and distribution of spirits. Among other things, a new type of stamp for alcohol was introduced, the law limited the maximum size of consumer packs of hard alcohol to three liters and made the sale of alcohol and spirits a licensed trade.

The highest sentences in the case of poisonous alcohol were handed down in the case of the mixers of the contaminated mixture, Rudolf Fian and Tomáš Křepela, who were sentenced to life imprisonment. Jiří Vacula, the main distributor of poisoned alcohol, got 15 years.


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