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MfD: Cherry liqueurs popular in Czech bars during prohibition

ČTK |
25 September 2012

Prague, Sept 24 (CTK) - The national ban on sales of spirits that the Czech government imposed, following a series of deaths caused by alcohol tainted with methanol, made young Czechs start drinking sweet liqueurs in bars, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Monday.

Youths drink cherry liqueurs or vanilla or melon vodka from big glasses.

A man in the Eppl bar in Jablonec nad Nisou, north Bohemia, asked the waitress to bring him three morello liqueur drinks and a small beer. He drank all three glasses at once and said he ordered the beer not to get sober.

Serving and selling spirits with over 20 percent alcohol content have been banned in shops, restaurants and bars since September 14. Bootleg alcohol with poisonous methanol has killed more than 20 people.

Thanks to the prohibition, Czechs are now drinking more beer and wine than before, MfD writes.

For Misha, waitress from the Balada pub in Jablonec, this means more running around with her hands full of half-liter beer mugs.

Some Czechs youths choose marihuana instead of the unavailable whisky or Cuban rum.

Due to the increased consumption, there are rumours in Jablonec that the supply of marihuana will be soon sold out.

Restaurant operators do not violate the ban because the threat of a three-million-crown fine is too big and the number of police and other checks highly increased in the past few days.

A cheerful man at a celebration in the Certovina pub near Hlinsko, east Bohemia, demanded spirits claiming that he needs to be cured because he got poisoned by some bad plumb brandy of his own.

In some cases, people who drank poisonous tainted alcohol unknowingly saved their health by drinking spirits that were not tainted.

The past weekend is the second one hit by the temporary prohibition and Czechs longing for hard liquor were already able to prepare for it. Students from Liberec, north Bohemia, drove to the nearby Germany to buy alcohol.

People from the Ostrava city, which is the centre of the region in which the methanol death toll has been the highest, travel only several kilometres and buy spirits in Poland.

The Czech Republic is to partially lift the ban on spirits this week, introducing new tax stamps that would prove the quality and origin of the alcohol in the bottle.

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