Now this is a tragedy

TRUE: More Than 60 Russians Die From Drinking Bath Lotion; Putin Moves To Cut Booze Tax


  • Officials blame a bath lotion used as a liquor substitute in Russia for an outbreak of alcohol poisoning that has now killed 61 people, according to state-run media. As the death toll mounts, President Vladimir Putin plans to cut excise taxes on alcohol, in an effort to cut the demand for surrogate options.


    Putin is also pushing for tighter regulation of the manufacture and sale of any product that contains more than 25 percent alcohol, according to multiple Russian news outlets. At the local level in Irkutsk, Siberia, the city where the outbreak struck, officials have banned the sale of any nonfood alcohol-containing products as they try to pull the lethal bath lotion from store shelves.


    Police in Irkutsk have made 11 arrests in the tragic case that's been tied to methanol (methyl alcohol), a toxic chemical that's sometimes called wood alcohol or carbinol. The methanol is believed to have been in a lotion called Boyaryshnik, which The Moscow Times says is made from hawthorn berries and "is often used as a vodka substitute for its high alcohol content."

Harkening back to Kitty Dukakis drinking rubbing alcohol.  Yes, I thought that was funny too.  

Stick to the Vodka !!

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Comments (8)

  1. rebecca2013

    the tragedy of addiction

    December 23, 2016
  2. cjb321

    How sad!

    December 23, 2016
  3. Munkyman

    Shame it doesn’t get that much attention when it happens here. Alcoholics will drink anything with alcohol if they get desperate enough, window cleaner is a popular way for folks to blind themselves & illegal shot houses sell god knows what to the poorer customers.
    Federal taxes on Beer are 2 to 5 cents a can depending on the amount the manufacturer produces. Wine taxes are based on alcohol content & whether or not it’s sparkling (cider is included in wine at 4 cents a 5th) & vary from 21 to 67 cents a 5th. Liquor (distilled spirits) starts at $2.14 cents a bottle for 80 proof & goes up with the proof rating. That’s just the federal taxes on alcohol, states tax it too & usually at an even higher rate.
    “Spirits are taxed the highest in Washington at $35.22 per gallon. Next in line are Oregon ($22.73), Virginia ($19.19), Alabama ($18.23), and Alaska ($12.80). Least-taxed states are Wyoming and New Hampshire, which have no spirits excise taxes (note that these are states in which the government controls all sales, and spirits may be subject to ad valorem mark-up and excise taxes). These are followed by West Virginia ($1.87), Missouri ($2.00), Colorado ($2.2, and Texas ($2.40)."

    December 23, 2016
  4. noahbody

    Methonal is a poison used in gasoline.

    December 23, 2016
  5. belladora

    I don’t drink but happen to live 1 mile form NH. Get them help. You don’t lower the tax.

    December 24, 2016
    1. Munkyman

      I used to live 1 mile inside NH, if you don’t tax sales, alcohol & tobacco, you get regular shoppers from the 5 nearby high tax states & you make good returns on business taxes that are based on gross revenues. So good in fact that you can do away with an income tax too.

      December 24, 2016
      1. belladora

        That is where I live, right on the border. I haven’t paid sales tax or a deposit on bottles in years. Saved a lot of money on every day items that are taxed in MA.

        December 24, 2016
        1. Munkyman

          I was exit 1 off US 3 in NH.

          December 24, 2016