A stream in Hawaii started smelling like alcohol – it turned out to have a 1.2 per cent ABV

  • 27 Nov - 03 Dec, 2021
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Anyone travelling to Hawaii for pleasure can't be faulted for having a drink or two on the tropical islands. And if you're there for a good time, you might even jest that you were swimming in booze. But in a shocking discovery on the island of Oahu, a stream was literally flowing with alcohol and a mysterious spill was apparently to blame. After catching wind of the contamination, Hawaii News Now had water from the stream in Waipio independently tested and found that it had an alcohol by volume as high as 1.2 per cent, nearly a quarter of the way to Budweiser strength and certainly enough booze to get a slight buzz going: non-alcoholic drink has to be 0.5 per cent ABV or lower. According to those who visited, the stream contained enough alcohol to make the whole area smell like it. As for the cause, the spill was found to be coming from a drain pipe which officials traced back to Paradise Beverages, Hawaii's largest distributor of alcoholic beverages which has a warehouse in the vicinity. And yet, as of the last week, the cause of the spill still wasn't known. The news station reported that the spill has apparently stopped; however, the Health Department was looking into whether enforcement actions would be warranted due to the heightened ABV stream.