Man became critically ill after drinking home brew

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A MAN in his 20s was in a critical condition after he drank home-brew vodka which was believed to be about 60 per cent proof.

The man was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit at about 9.30am on Satuday after he was found unconscious at his house.

It was clear the man, from Goole, had drunk an unknown substance and the police were called in to investigate further

Once the medical staff were informed of the possible cause of the mans condition, medics treated the man with the appropriate care and was later released from hospital two days later.

Speaking to the patient, it is believed he purchased the 50-60 per cent proof vodka which was made and sold to residents in the Goole area.

Inspector David Braysmith, of Humberside Police, said: “We are currently investigating the possibility of illegitimate alcohol being sold to residents in Goole.

“A recent report of home-made vodka which was between 50-60% proof was sold to a Goole man for £7 per litre. This resulted in one customer being taken to hospital by ambulance and spent two days in a serious condition suffering from alcohol poisoning.

“Extensive analysis and a joint investigation with Trading Standards and Public Health is underway to locate the seller/manufacturer and awareness needs to be raised of the dangers of buying or consuming unfiltered drinks.

“It is the first report of such illegal, cheap homemade vodka being sold in the area and as a result Goole residents may not be aware of the ingredients used, often found containing deadly industrial alcohol used in things like anti-freeze, rather than the controlled and filtered type used in licensed drinks.

“There’s a few signs to look out for, like crooked labels, different levels of liquid in the bottles and a strong smell like that of nail varnish remover.

“The rule is that if it smells like nail varnish remover, it could well be nail varnish remover or other chemicals.”

If you know of anyone selling prohibited alcohol, please contact Humberside Police, calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.