Student, 25, dies after 'drinking bootleg liquor'

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A student who had a promising career in music ahead of her has tragically died after reportedly drinking bootleg liquor.

Berna Ozcan, 25, died in hospital in the western Turkish city of Izmir after she woke up feeling ill on Sunday, June 27 (local time).

The young woman, who was studying at the renowned Ege University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, had been drinking with friends at her home on Saturday night.

The picture shows Berna Ozcan, 25, a conservatoire student, who allegedly died after drinking homemade alcohol in Izmir, Turkey. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
A student who had a promising career in music ahead of her has tragically died after reportedly drinking bootleg liquor. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

She fell asleep and woke up the next morning feeling unwell, prompting her friends to call the emergency services.

Paramedics arrived at the home in the neighbourhood of Erzene and rushed Ms Ozcan to hospital in an ambulance.

Doctors tended to the 25-year-old, who, despite their best efforts, later died. 

Her body was then taken for a post-mortem, which will clarify if she did indeed die from methanol poisoning.

The young woman's two friends, who also fell asleep at the home after also allegedly ingesting the home brew, apparently did not require hospitalisation.

The public prosecutor's office has launched an investigation into the young woman's death, which it regards as suspicious. It is ongoing.

The picture shows Berna Ozcan, 25, (left) a conservatoire student, who allegedly died after drinking homemade alcohol, together with an unidentified woman. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
The young woman seen left had been drinking with friends at her home on Saturday night. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Huge tax increases lead to homemade hooch

Many people in Turkey have been turning to homemade hooch after Turkey's Islamist government introduced huge tax hikes on alcoholic beverages.

According to an October 2020 report by Balkan Insight, the price of alcoholic drinks rose by an astonishing 1,800 per cent over the preceding 18 years.

The tax hikes have been accompanied by a huge uptick in deaths and intensive care admissions, with people falling ill after producing their own alcohol using ethyl alcohol or ethanol.

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