Off to Bali?

THINK BEFORE
YOU DRINK

Be aware

Bali is a great place to relax and enjoy a break, but you should be alert to the serious risks of Methanol poisoning that can occur from inadvertently consuming arak and illegal spirits. These are often added to drinks or used to re-fill genuine bottles in bars, restaurants and hotels. Just because they look real, it doesn’t guarantee they are.

Methanol poisoning can lead to blindness, seizures... and even death. Don’t risk it.

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Symptoms

Try not to confuse some of these symptoms with intoxication – if in doubt seek professional help immediately since getting the correct treatment quickly is vital.

Blinding headache
Snowy vision
Vomiting

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First Aid

GET TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL WITHOUT DELAY

METHANOL POISONING CAN KILL QUICKLY

Treat with ethanol (found in all alcoholic drinks) to delay the body from metabolising the methanol – this allows more time to seek treatment. Neat spirits such as vodka, gin, whiskey and rum are best to use since they have the highest ethanol concentration.

WHAT QUANTITY OF SPIRITS TO GIVE

Use the following as a guide to dosages of neat spirits, depending on the person’s size:

Body weight First
Dose
(approx.)
Hourly
Boost
(approx.)
Very small / < 60 Kg 90ml 20ml
Small / 60-80 Kg 125ml 28ml
Medium / 80-100 Kg 160ml 36ml
Large / 100-120 Kg 200ml 44ml
Very large / 120> Kg 240ml -52ml
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First Aid

IN BALI

Sanglah Hospital
+62 361 227911
Map

Siloam Hospital
+62 361 779900
Map

BIMC Hospital Kuta
+62 361 761263
Map

BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua
+62 361 3000 911
Map

IN LOMBOK

RSUD Mataram
+62 370 640774
Map

Harapan Keluarga
Hospital
+62 370 6177000
Map

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Safe drinks

Q. Are there any alcoholic drinks in Bali that are always going to be safe?

A. Absolutely. Methanol is only found in fake spirits, so you can safely drink beer, wine and cider as well as premix drinks – or any duty-free spirits you take with you.

Safe places

Q. Are there any establishments serving spirits in Bali that don’t have problems with methanol poisoning?

A. Yes, but there’s no way of knowing for sure that the spirits are safe wherever you are, which is why it’s best avoid them in general.