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February 1980

Moonshine-Related Arsenic Poisoning

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(2):211-213. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330140069020

• Twelve sequential cases of arsenic poisoning were reviewed for possible sources of ingestion. Contaminated illicit whiskey (moonshine) appeared to be the source in approximately 50% of the patients. An analysis of confiscated moonshine revealed that occasional specimens contained high levels of arsenic as a contaminant. Although arsenic poisoning occurs relatively infrequently, contaminated moonshine may be an important cause of the poisoning in some areas of the country.

(Arch Intern Med 140:211-213, 1980)