After a number of people were killed in Hong Kong following drinking wine laced with poisonous methyl alcohol, the authorities cracked down on wine shops and illicit stills. Photo: SCMP
After a number of people were killed in Hong Kong following drinking wine laced with poisonous methyl alcohol, the authorities cracked down on wine shops and illicit stills. Photo: SCMP

When bootleg alcohol killed 17 people in Hong Kong in 1975, and two men were imprisoned for supplying adulterated Chinese wine

  • When Chinese wine was adulterated with poisonous methyl alcohol, people started dying, but it took a few deaths before Hong Kong authorities became aware of it
  • A crackdown on wine shops followed, and two men were arrested, tried for three of the deaths and sentenced to five and seven years in prison

After a number of people were killed in Hong Kong following drinking wine laced with poisonous methyl alcohol, the authorities cracked down on wine shops and illicit stills. Photo: SCMP
After a number of people were killed in Hong Kong following drinking wine laced with poisonous methyl alcohol, the authorities cracked down on wine shops and illicit stills. Photo: SCMP
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