Sadly, in Prague, at least 19 people are dead and 24 others have been hospitalized. Some of these people have been blinded, while others have been induced into comas in the hope that doctors can save them.
This tragedy has been caused by the individuals drinking vodka and rum that was laced with methanol.
Executive director of a union of spirits producers, Vladimir Steiner, explained, "People with the lowest income are looking for the cheapest alcohol and are ready to accept unknown origins."
Prime Minister Petr Necas has asked all Czechs to refrain from drinking "any alcohol whose origin is uncertain" but authorities still fear the death toll will rise further.
Methanol is not meant for drinking and is used for mostly for industrial purposes. However, it's cheaper than and difficult to distinguish from real drinking alcohol, which provides a very lucrative black market.
Steiner estimated that 20% of all the liquor in restaurants across the country is likely made on the black market.