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  • Researchers say homemade alcohol is a health risk since it is not put through the usual controls.

    Researchers say homemade alcohol is a health risk since it is not put through the usual controls. | Photo: Reuters

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According to a new study, the consumption of homemade liquor has increased in the region over the years.

A study measuring the amount of illegal, homemade alcohol consumed across Latin America has found that Ecuador and Peru rank the highest in the region—what the study also says puts their health in serious danger.

According to the research by Euromonitor International, one out of every four bottles of alcohol in Latin America is illegal.

The study looked at six countries in the region and found that Peru had the highest level of homemade alcohol consumption with 30.8 percent of all alcohol consumed illegal. Ecuador came in second at 28.6 percent and El Salvador came in third with 23.5 percent.

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However, the study also states the dangers associated with the consumption of homemade liquor, which is “made with no control, there is no care in the materials used and when they distill it they do not control the alcohol levels of the final product. Then it becomes a risk to consumer health,” says the report.

Regional consumption of homemade alcohol has also increased over the years, according to the report, from 22.2 percent in 2011 to 24.9 percent in 2013.

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