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Two dead, two critically ill from Australian homebrew

11 june 2013, 11:54
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Photo courtesy of weinterrupt.com
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Two men are dead and two others critically ill after reportedly drinking home-brewed alcohol in Australia's Queensland state, AFP reports citing police.

The four friends had been drinking the same batch of the home-made Italian spirit grappa, a grape-based drink, at a house at Ballandean, in southern Queensland's wine-growing region on Saturday.

"Two men are dead, two other men are quite ill," a spokesman for Queensland Police told AFP.

"They have consumed some substance which is yet to be determined."

Reports widely said they consumed the home-made grappa.

Police will investigate whether the brew was solely responsible for the deaths of the men, aged 22 and 30, or whether they had taken other substances.

An ambulance was called early Sunday to help the younger man, but medics were unable to revive him. The other three were rushed to hospital, but the 30-year-old also died.

The remaining two, aged 21 and 26, are in critical condition.

"When it comes to home-brew, it's not without some degree of risks," Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told the ABC.

It is rare for people to become ill from home-brewed spirits in Australia where alcohol is legal and cheap.

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