The Straits Times reports on an unfortunate story from Bangladesh. More than 10 farmers have died after purchasing the wine equivalent of moonshine. As the purchasers of the illegal booze discovered, the brew made from rice turned out to be deadly. As the Straits notes, the sale or consumption of liquor outside of government approved establishments is illegal. So this in part explains why those affected didn’t immediately seek medical attention.
Reflecting on an earlier post on wacky US wine laws, this horrible incident puts a lot of our silly laws in perspective. And serves as a good reminder on why winemaking is done by professionals.