TWO East Coast men may have died after consuming home-brewed alcoholic spirits in the St Helens area.
Tasmania Police have issued a public safety warning and police are investigating whether the spirits may have caused or contributed to the death of a 54-year-old man on Monday and a 49-year-old man on Wednesday.
Inspector John King said the Coroner would need to determine the cause of deaths.
``Police are warning members of the public about the serious health risks that can be
associated with the consumption of home brewed spirits,'' he said.
``Toxicology reports are being undertaken and analysis of the alcohol is underway.''
Police have contacted a further 10 people who are believed to have consumed the alcohol.
Tasmanian Acting Director of Public Health, Mark Veitch, reminded people of the health dangers of drinking home-distilled alcoholic spirits as home distillers can unintentionally produce a product which contains highly toxic impurities including methanol.
``Methanol is a form of alcohol used in industrial and automotive industries and extremely harmful to human health,'' Dr Veitch said.
``Methanol poisoning can cause a number of symptoms including blindness, brain damage, kidney failure and death.
``Tasmanians are urged, if drinking alcohol, to drink spirits purchased from commercial businesses as those products are regulated,'' Dr Veitch said.
Public health officials have contacted doctors in the area to be on the alert for patients presenting with similar symptoms.
Anyone in the Break O'Day municipality, who may have consumed home brewed spirits within the past week should contact their local doctor or medical facility for advice and or treatment.
People in the region in possession of home brewed spirits are asked to contact to contact police immediately.
Anyone with any information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.