Wed, 10 Jun 2009
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TOURISTS in Bali may find it harder to find a stiff drink after authorities confiscated thousands of bottles of liquor from some of the holiday island's top hotels, restaurants and bars.

Customs officials have seized the booze, from high-end establishments in popular tourist areas like Kuta and Nusa Dua, because the bottles allegedly have counterfeit tax labels.

The tourism industry fears the seizures will lead to an alcohol shortage which may deter tourists from visiting Bali in what is traditionally the high season.

"We've asked for this confiscation process to be temporarily suspended because we are running out of stocks,'' said Perry Markus, head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Ida Bagus Subhiksu, head of the Bali Tourism Board, believes the raids could damage Bali's international reputation.

"We asked the customs office to stop the process and if they have to do something, please continue it later on, after the high season,'' Mr Subhiksu said.

The raids come after at least 26 people, including four foreign tourists, were killed in Bali and nearby Lombok by drinking local rice wine - known as arak - tainted with methanol.

Arak has become increasingly popular in Bali since a government crackdown on imported alcohol forced up the price of spirits and wine.


Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Derek Gratis
They need to test every bottle.

To be fair though, people have been dropping like flies over there although a few less Ozzies in Bali is surely to be encouraged.


Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
unfortunately, all those foreigners killed by arak were not australians. there are only four kinds of booze in oz: beer (for "normal" people), wine (for wanky uni graduates), cinzano (for pooftas), and bundaberg rum (for derelict drunkards).




Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by kenyeung
Quoting: KuKuKaChu
there are only four kinds of booze in oz: beer (for "normal" people), wine (for wanky uni graduates), cinzano (for pooftas), and bundaberg rum (for derelict drunkards).


There is a fifth type of booze in Oz called 'premix drinks', which seems to have become popular over the past 15 years. It comprises cans containing 'rum and coke', 'vodka and orange' and various other combinations. It is appallingly common and only exceedingly common people (and school children who don't know any better) purchase and consume such stuff.

I have never been able to understand the mixing of spirits with carbonated soft drinks, let alone this disturbing phenomenom of 'premixed' drinks. Spirits should be consumed neat, with ice if necessary. Certain types of cocktails are also acceptable. But buying a case of 24 cans containing cola and a tiny amount of rum is completely gay, not to mention poor value for money. And common.


Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Derek Gratis
I seem to remember a ghastly drink called XLR8 being big in Oz. No Ozzies were killed ay? They're actually able to metabolize methanol that's why.


Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by I die enjoy
Quoting: kenyeung
Quoting: KuKuKaChu
there are only four kinds of booze in oz: beer (for "normal" people), wine (for wanky uni graduates), cinzano (for pooftas), and bundaberg rum (for derelict drunkards).


There is a fifth type of booze in Oz called 'premix drinks', which seems to have become popular over the past 15 years. It comprises cans containing 'rum and coke', 'vodka and orange' and various other combinations. It is appallingly common and only exceedingly common people (and school children who don't know any better) purchase and consume such stuff.

I have never been able to understand the mixing of spirits with carbonated soft drinks, let alone this disturbing phenomenon of 'premixed' drinks. Spirits should be consumed neat, with ice if necessary. Certain types of cocktails are also acceptable. But buying a case of 24 cans containing cola and a tiny amount of rum is completely gay, not to mention poor value for money. And common.


i believe the phenomenon you speak of kenyeung is not only restricted to Oz. Also, do you begrudge a man a touch of soda with his scotch or tonic with his vodka or gin?


Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Balibob
Quoting: I die enjoy
Quoting: kenyeung
Quoting: KuKuKaChu
there are only four kinds of booze in oz: beer (for "normal" people), wine (for wanky uni graduates), cinzano (for pooftas), and bundaberg rum (for derelict drunkards).


There is a fifth type of booze in Oz called 'premix drinks', which seems to have become popular over the past 15 years. It comprises cans containing 'rum and coke', 'vodka and orange' and various other combinations. It is appallingly common and only exceedingly common people (and school children who don't know any better) purchase and consume such stuff.

I have never been able to understand the mixing of spirits with carbonated soft drinks, let alone this disturbing phenomenon of 'premixed' drinks. Spirits should be consumed neat, with ice if necessary. Certain types of cocktails are also acceptable. But buying a case of 24 cans containing cola and a tiny amount of rum is completely gay, not to mention poor value for money. And common.


i believe the phenomenon you speak of kenyeung is not only restricted to Oz. Also, do you begrudge a man a touch of soda with his scotch or tonic with his vodka or gin?


I think Ken is referring to what is called "ALCOPOPS", which were first invented (if that's the word) in Oz,.. became a huge hit in the UK with school kids and was one the main reasons that Binge drinking took off there big time,... Cull or Kill some English people NO problems

to fucken many of them anyway


Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by kenyeung
Ah yes, alcopops is what they call it. When I was a student, we would each buy a "brick" of Bundaberg Rum and drink the entire bottle over the course of the evening. None of this mucking about with soft drinks.


Wed, 10 Jun 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Derek Gratis
I believe that Britain's youths have turned into a dentist's nightmare as a consequence of these highly sugared beverages though.



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