Adana, Turkey Over the weekend of July 19-21, the 12th death this month in Adana from methanol poisoning was reported by news outlets. Over the past 30 days there have been 23 deaths throughout the nation related to methanol consumption. Under the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a pious Muslim, alcohol taxes have risen…

August 15, 2018 – Jersey City, NJ USA Putting international politics aside the recent tariffs on USA alcohol exports will create one certain outcome: Fuel Counterfeit Alcohol Production. Supply, demand and pricing economics is no different for illicit products. This summers trade war with the European Union had already caused concern from Brown-Forman the maker…

December 22. 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey The continuing rise in large scale bootleg booze operations in Turkey is a direct response to the skyrocketing taxes on alcohol under President Tayyip Erdogan. Since the beginning of the Erdogan Administration in 2003, the tax on raki has risen an astounding 665%, now accounting for two-thirds the cost…