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The alarm goes off! Nearly 100 victims in 3 months, this drink is killing a lot of people, here is what DW writes
Written by SOT.COM.AL 23 Shkurt 2021
Nearly a hundred people have died within three months of counterfeit alcohol in Turkey, where the production of counterfeit alcoholic beverages has been increasing since the government raised the alcohol tax.
Even the young Derya Altan fell victim to counterfeit alcoholic beverages. Her father Shabani remembers the day she died: “She met some friends and one of them had bought alcohol. It was illegal, counterfeit alcohol. When he started feeling unwell the next day, he went to the local hospital. From there he was taken to the nearest university clinic, where he was kept for seven days in intensive care. "But they could not save him."
Now Turkish police have stepped up raids on illegal distilleries. The alcoholic beverage business in Turkey is very profitable, when legal alcohol is now more expensive than in most European countries.
Loss for the culinary culture of Turkey
The price of a bottle of brandy has doubled from last year and now costs around 18 euros. Tax increases have turned alcoholic beverages into a luxury item. Some say this encourages customers to consume counterfeit alcoholic beverages
"Those who see drinking alcohol as a sin want people who want to drink to pay a high price. But citizens are not only paying that price with money, but more and more often with their lives as well. ” - says opposition politician Ali Seker.
Others fear that by raising taxes on alcoholic beverages, part of Turkey's culinary culture could be lost.
"The Scots have their whiskey, the French wine, the Greeks have uzone and here in Turkey we have brandy. It is part of our culture that the whole world knows. If some people want to get rid of this cultural treasure, where is the good thing about it? ” - says the owner of a bar.
For Shaban Altan, drinking alcohol is not a sin. He blames ruthless counterfeit liquor dealers for his daughter's death.
" She was a happy young woman, always ready to laugh and had a lot of acquaintances. More than 100 young people came to her funeral, friends and acquaintances. "I think if alcohol prices were lower, she would not die. " DW