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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 08:56 AM
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Warning for Drinkers of Hard Liquor in Athens Greece

In the past week, the Greek news has reported that recent tests conducted by government investigators showed that 100 percent of rum and tequila served at inspected nightspots in the greater Athens area was adulterated. Half the vodka samples also turned out to be adulterated, while 20 percent of whisky samples had been tampered with.

Adulterating drinks is a way to avoid paying taxes. But since much of the adulteration is with methanol, it also presents a serious health hazard, especially if a person were to have a lot to drink.

The experts' advice is to stick with beer, wine, or ouzo.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 09:26 AM
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Thnaks for the heads up
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:11 AM
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HUH? Greek liquors are routinely comitting adultery?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:35 AM
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I thought hard liquor could lead to adultery.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 11:14 AM
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I think I'd be better off drinking methanol than ouzo.

Seriously though...thanks for the info, Eleni.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 11:48 AM
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Although this might seem a bit hypothetical...

I assume that Greek doctors are up on this, if someone suddenly presents with unexplained renal failure, or acidosis or mysterious neurological symptoms. Still, if you were traveling in Greece, and then onward to a not-so-neighboring country - - this would be information worth sharing with a doctor (if you had so imbibed) - - and had an illness that was presenting a diagnostic puzzle.

I'm thinking that the average doctor would not put methanol poisoning near the top of any list, without being offered this kind of news alert.

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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:36 PM
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Ouzo is funny. I can't stand to drink it in the US. But in Greece, ouzo on ice, in an outdoor cafe on a warm evening, with a little mezedes -- is absolutely perfect. I'm serious!
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:41 PM
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Eleni:

I have noticed the very same thing! It's strange but true...
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Ouzo--did you notice you couldn't make a fist after drinking it--Barefoot in the Park.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:51 PM
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What about retsina?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 01:58 PM
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retsina only when it is hot and I am sitting outside at a beach taverna eating fish or other seafood...
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 02:00 PM
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oh -- underhill, did you mean is retsina adulterated? the answer is no -- retsina is fine, it's the hard liquor that's the problem
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Both ouzo and retsina can be useful around the home and garden in emergencies, but consumers should be aware that regular disinfectants and paint thinners are cheaper, and possibly safer, alternatives.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:36 PM
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Mr Neil,

Bah!

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Bitter, if the liquors are hard then yes, it could lead to adultery.
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Retsina -- brings back fond memories of the early 80's. Dinner & a bottle of retsina for $4. Once you get past the first glass and numb your senses, it's great stuff.
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