Irish warned of fake alcohol amid suspicious deaths

Irish authorities are warning the public about counterfeit alcohol in the lead up to Christmas, claiming fake brews in the country have already taken lives.

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners did not reveal a figure for the deaths but said there were a number of suspicious deaths in Ireland that could be linked to bogus alcohol.

"Alcohol is a high-risk product. If you look up the Czech Republic or Turkey for counterfeit alcohol deaths, you will see there has been scores of people who have passed away," Pat Gralton, Revenue enforcement manager in the Border Midlands West Region told The Journal. "I don't want to go into too much detail but there are suspicious deaths in Ireland with it as well."

Counterfeit alcohol in the country has become more of a widespread problem, with seizures increasing 100 per cent between 2010 and 2014. Vodka appears to be the most counterfeited type of alcohol.