At least 11 people have died and six have been hospitalized in critical condition after drinking tainted alcohol in northern India, an official said Friday. They all bought and drank the tainted liquor on Thursday. The dead included two truck drivers who bought the liquor from a vender in the village and drank it at a roadside restaurant. Police arrested four people involved in the sale of unlicensed liquor in a village near Aligarh, 300 kilometers (190 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. The state government ordered an investigation and suspended one official for failing to stop the sale of illicit liquor in the area. In 2019, at least 133 people, most of them plantation workers, died after drinking tainted liquor in two separate incidents in India’s northeastern Assam state.
In the same year, 80 people died from tainted liquor in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Tainted alcohol is becoming a bigger problem and a larger risk for travelers around the world. The most common is to use alcohol spiked with methanol to be cheap. But alcohol can be also tampered with drugs or a mixture of drugs.The U.S. State Department released the travel warning after a Wisconsin woman died at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In January. Travelers have died in Mexico, Indonesia, and other countries around the world.