Antarctic Scientist Poisoned by Methanol

An Australian Antarctic scientist died recently after possibly drinking methanol. It is unknown how the methanol came to be in the man's system.

Methanol is commonly used as an industrial solvent, a fuel, or in laboratories. It is highly toxic; only small amounts can cause loss of consciousness, kidney failure, seizures and/or blindness.

Methylated spirits contains a very small percentage of methanol, but is still toxic, especially to children.