Methanol-Induced Bilateral Optic Neuropathy in Adolescent: A Case Report

Author(s): Dadang H Somasetia*, Fina M Andriyani, Stanza U Peryoga and Dzulfikar DL Hakim


Methanol is toxic alcohol and found in fake alcoholic beverages (fake bootleg liquor) to save production costs and increase the intoxicating effect. Methanol exposure can be hazardous, with significant morbidity and mortality if left untreated [1,2]. Alcohol abuse in adolescents is growing significantly [2]. According to The Jakarta Post, dozens of people died after recreational party consuming fake methanol beverages (fake bootleg liquor) in the West Java area, which was the area with the highest mortality caused by artificial methanol beverages [3]. On this occasion, we now report a case of optic neuropathy in adolescents who experienced methanol intoxication after a recreational party consuming methanol combined with powdered energy drinks.

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