100 People Die From Bootleg Alcohol Poisoning

Is prohibition the answer?

In Indonesia, people have been purchasing bootleg alcohol due to the limitations on alcohol sold in the nation. Unfortunately, many batches have been toxic, resulting in the death of over 100 people in the past month alone. The police are vowing to crack down hard on the distributors and makers of this alcohol but should they really be easing up on those buying it instead?

When there's prohibition, people are going to turn to what's cheap and easy to access--which, in this case, is unsafe alcohol. Other nations that have banned it have seen similar results, causing them to pause and take a look at their policies again. Perhaps safe alcohol that is more widely accessible is the answer.

What do you think the nation could do to cut the number of people dying from toxic alcohol?


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