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How to Identify Spurious Alcohol? | Drink Responsibly

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May 2017

How to Identify Spurious Alcohol?

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Fake alcohol or liquor bottles have been found to spread all over the nation and here are some ways in which you can identify whether the alcohol is spurious or not.

Ability to identify fake versions of branded alcohol paves the path for you to avoid alcohol beverages that could leave you sick. With the emerging number of counterfeit alcohol sellers across the country, you must be cautious about buying alcohol as with fake alcohol you can suffer from diseases like kidney or liver problems, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, abdominal pain, vomiting, so on and so forth.

Presence of Holograms: Presence of polyester-based hologram on the bottle of alcohol ensure that it is authentic one. The security features embedded in the hologram have been designed for the sake of informing consumers about information of retailer and manufacturer. Even though holograms are incorporated for the sake of preventing revenue leakages, both the hologram and barcode are one of the finest tools that you can use to prevent fraudulent alcohol.

Unfamiliar Brand Names & Crooked Labels: The unfamiliar brand names and crooked labels unravel the path for you to be sure of the genuine alcohol. As per the recommendations of Trading Standards Institute, packaging is one of the 4Ps that one should be careful about while purchasing. Other Ps that need to be carefully looked at are unfamiliar brand names and spelling mistakes in the name of the brand. Very low prices shouldn’t be trusted either.

Taste and Smell: If the drink, that you bought, might taste bad or smell that is foul. Even if the taste or smell is a slight bit different from what you are used to, it might be the case that you have bought spurious alcohol. Colour of the liquor also is prime determinant of the fake alcohol.  Good alcohol has the reputation of hitting the back of the tongue. So, be careful out there!

Places To Buy: You must avoid places that don’t look like a registered FL off shop or liquor shop. By buying liquor from shops that don’t look alright, you are more prone to have fake alcohol.

Import and Manufacture Dates: You must check for the import and manufacture dates of the bottle bought. Dates are necessary as they signify the dates on which the bottle has been manufactured and imported to the shop.

Stick To The Familiar Drinks: If you purchase a bottle of alcohol that you don’t know, most likely you are also not familiar with the colour or taste of it. So, chances are high that these sort of drinks, if bought instead of the alcohol that you have on a regular basis from an authorised store, will pose potential threat to your health.

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