Arak Bali poisoningThere have been several reports recently in the Jakarta Post of people dying from alcohol poisoning from drinking the local drink arak. On Sunday Phoenix artist Rose Johnson 48, died after drinking arak on the island of Bali.

Home brewed arak is often mixed with methanol to increase the strength of the beverage. Due to heavy duties, imported spirits are very expensive in Bali. Arak is a cheap alternative and enjoyed by local Balinese and tourists alike.