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Avoid Illegal Bali Alcohol, These are the Symptoms of Methanol Poisoning

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Methanol poisoning Bali symptoms may occur to foreign travelers who has consumed cheap or illegal alcohol in Bali, this condition must be treated with the right treatment.

Methanol or also known as methyl alcohol is considered a widely available chemical. Basically, methanol is a simple form of alcohol. In Indonesia, especially in Bali, methanol poisoning outbreaks have occurred many times, making it a concern for many travelers coming to the island. This condition is often experienced by foreign tourists who has been drinking cheap or illicit alcohol. Because it’s illegal and informally-produced, this type of alcohol that consists of methanol may not be safe to consume. Therefore, it can lead to alcohol poisoning or methanol poisoning. Methanol poisoning Bali symptoms may appear after consuming alcohol in an excessive amount that has a toxic level of methanol.

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The Effects of Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Consuming alcoholic drinks in a moderate amount is thought to reduce the risk of dangerous diseases such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. However, it still does not reduce the risk of diseases that may be caused by these substances. Loss of self-control, the risk of having an accident, committing acts of violence, alcohol and methanol poisoning are some negative effects that can arise from consuming too much alcohol. Alcoholic drinks, especially if consumed excessively, may also trigger some serious diseases. The following are some negative effects of alcohol if consumed too much:

  • Alcohol poisoning;
  • Methanol poisoning (if methanol is added in informally-produced alcoholic drinks);
  • Reduce brain function;
  • Digestive system problems;
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas);
  • Risk of heart disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • Increase risk of cancer.

Methanol Poisoning

Typically, one of the ingredients mixed in illicit or informally-produced alcoholic drinks is methanol. Methanol or wood alcohol is an organic solvent that can be found commercially in solvents for industrial raw materials. Methanol is usually found in household products such as antifreeze and fuel for model aircraft. It’s also a fermentation product, a small amount of methanol can naturally be found in fruit juices, but it’s considered non-toxic. Methanol will be harmful and toxic if higher concentrations are made improperly during the distillation process. 

It will become worse if methanol is added to make cheap or illicit alcoholic drinks. If it’s consumed, methanol will change into formaldehyde and formic acid. Formic acid that accumulates in the body can cause serious damage in the body organs, ranging from damage in the central nervous system, the eye, and eventually will cause death. Serious complications caused by methanol include blindness, nerve disorders, and hemodynamic disorders or blood flow problem. Foreign tourists in Bali are at risk of methanol poisoning, as the vacation setting will encourage them to consume alcoholic drinks, even the cheap ones. Methanol poisoning Bali symptoms will occur soon after you consumed high concentration of methanol in alcoholic drinks.

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Methanol Poisoning Bali Symptoms

High levels of methanol (exceeding 400 mg / 100 ml) that are taken down directly in large quantities will immediately cause cardiac arrest and a decrease in consciousness until death. After consumption, the person will experience the usual hangover effects such as feeling drowsy and unsteady in the first few hours. Depending on the amount of methanol that is consumed, some early methanol poisoning Bali symptoms that may appear include:

  • Fatigue;
  • Headache;
  • Dizziness;
  • Vertigo;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Disruption of coordination;
  • Confusion.

After the initial symptoms, the person may experience other methanol poisoning bali symptoms 10-30 hours after consumption, such as:

  • Blurred vision;
  • Flashes of light;
  • Tunnel vision;
  • Dilated pupils;
  • Changes in color perception;
  • Difficulty seeing bright lights;
  • Blindness;
  • Acidosis (excess of acid in the blood);
  • Brain hemorrhage.

Careless alcohol consumption can indeed have a serious impact on health. Especially if consumed together with harmful substances, particularly methanol. Accumulation of methanol in the body can cause respiratory failure that results in death. Therefore, it would be better if you avoid consuming cheap or illicit alcohol drinks while staying in Bali.

Do not hesitate to book a doctor to your location through Medi-Call application or simply contact Medi-Call Hotline at +62 81210783387 if methanol poisoning Bali symptoms appear. Doctor will come directly to your location and treat your illness.

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