Letters Illegally produced alcohol

Perhaps not such a great threat to public health in the UK

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2251 (Published 27 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2251
  1. Dirk W Lachenmeier, food chemist and toxicologist1,
  2. Jürgen Rehm, professor2
  1. 1Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt (CVUA) Karlsruhe, Germany
  2. 2Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
  1. lachenmeier{at}web.de

We disagree with this alarming picture of increasing availability of illegal alcohol in the UK market and its potential impact on health owing to various contaminants.1

The World Health Organization estimates that unrecorded consumption in the UK is relatively stable, at 2 L (or less) of pure alcohol per person (2.0 L …

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