Warning over fake booze sold in shops

Alison Hardwick, of Adwick-le-street, pictured with the illegal Vodka she purchased from her local shop. Picture: Marie Caley D3053MC
Alison Hardwick, of Adwick-le-street, pictured with the illegal Vodka she purchased from her local shop. Picture: Marie Caley D3053MC

CONSUMERS in the borough are being warned against drinking a potentially dangerous fake vodka.

The drink called ‘Drop’ has been found to contain methanol and isopropyl - which is used as a cleaning fluid - and chloroform which has been linked with developing cancer in some people.

Alison Hardwick bought a bottle for £10.79 locally and reported it to Trading Standards when she saw how dangerous it was on the news.

The 40-year-old from Adwick-le-Street, said: “I’m just pleased that myself and my husband Pete only drank a small amount, I can’t believe it is available in shops when it’s that dangerous.

“I have two young children and couldn’t imagine what might have happened if we would have eventually drunk the whole bottle. It’s really frightening.”

Peter Dale, director of regeneration and environment for Doncaster Council, confirmed Trading Standards were aware and were investigating the drink deemed “unfit for human consumption”.

He said they were warning retailers that if they bought or sold the product they could be prosecuted.