Kerala Boy Makes Wine Watching YouTube Videos, Friend Hospitalized After Drinking It

In a gruesome twist of events reported from Kerala, a young boy made wine while watching YouTube videos and sent his friend to the hospital who drank the homemade booze. The incident happened at a public school in Thiruvananthapuram earlier on Friday.

Following the incident, police filed a complaint against the 12-year-old minor who made the grape wine. The police also informed the parents of the young boy and the competent authorities of the legal consequences that the minor could face.

According to Press Trust of India, the 12-year-old boy, whose name has not been revealed, was making grape wine himself while watching YouTube videos. He then served the drink to his friend. The friend’s stomach couldn’t stand the young boy’s genius for “innovation” and had a bout of vomiting.

The boy’s friend was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in Chirayinkeezhu where he was later discharged. His condition was stable after his visit to the hospital. During questioning, the young boy claimed that he made the wine from grapes, as seen in YouTube videos. However, he did not use any alcohol as an ingredient. He also buried the bottle underground, as seen in the video.

For now, the police are waiting for the chemical examination reports of the wine samples which would tell them if the boy has consumed alcohol or not.

The facts of the case

There is no shortage of DIY (do it yourself) videos on YouTube, ranging from making a great cup of coffee at home to creating an explosive device using everyday objects that surrounding us. In the right hands these videos are a godsend, in the wrong hands they are a curse.

Recently, a 12-year-old boy from Kerala sparked controversy after he made wine by himself while watching YouTube videos and sent his friend to hospital, who drank the drink.

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12-year-old makes wine at school

The incident was reported in Thiruvananthapuram and the 12-year-old boy made the wine at a government school. According to Press Trust of India, the young boy made grape wine himself through YouTube videos, and served it to his friend.

His friend could not stand the drink and soon had a bout of vomiting and felt sick and nauseous.

Boy admits wrongdoing during interrogation

The PTI news agency quoted an officer involved in the investigation of the incident. “During interrogation, the boy admitted that he had made wine with grapes bought by his parents. He said he didn’t use alcohol or liquor as an ingredient,” the officer said.

“After preparing the wine, he filled it in a bottle and buried it underground as shown in the YouTube video,” he added, as quoted by PTI.

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Police await reports, boy may be reserved

For the time being, the police are awaiting the reports of chemical examinations of the wine samples which have been sent to the authorities concerned. Police are trying to determine whether or not the young boy consumed alcohol or a similar ingredient in wine.

If police find a similar ingredient, a case will be filed against the young boy under the Juvenile Justice Act. The police have also informed the boy’s parents and school authorities of the consequences the boy faces.

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MP arrested for making alcohol from disinfectants

It should be noted that similar incidents were reported during the first wave of COVID-19 where people tried to make alcohol using disinfectants and risked lives. As liquor stores have been closed due to the nationwide lockdown, some people have tried making alcohol themselves using disinfectants.

Indal Singh Rajput from Boriya Jagir village in Raisen district made alcohol from disinfectant containing a whopping 72% alcohol content.

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