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Warnings over fake wines and spirits in Bournemouth

Drinkers in Bournemouth have been warned about buying potentially dangerous fake wines and spirits.

Counterfeit wine and industrial alcohols, including methanol and isopropanol, being sold as vodka, have been seized in recent months.

Trading Standards said fake goods could have misspellings on packaging or badly printed or crooked labels.

Councillor David Smith said buying such products is "just pouring money down the drain".

Other telltale signs of fake alcohol are unusual places of origin, such as vodka from a country not normally associated with the trade, and vague or incomplete importer details on bottles.

Mr Smith added: "At best, these drinks are third-grade and dressed up as well-known quality brands: at worst, they could damage your health."

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