INMATES are preparing “super-strong” hooch for the Qatar World Cup even though it does not kick off until November.
Big sporting events always see a surge in the illegal practice in jails.
But with both England and Wales in action, brews are being left to ferment for months to increase alcohol strength.
Lags make the drinks with freely available fruit, sugar and bread.
One ex-inmate said: “Normally, hooch is just thrown together quite quickly in 10-30 days, but the World Cup calls for some extra strong stuff.
“If England and Wales do well, it’s going to be a nice little earlier for anyone prepared to run the risk of making and hiding hooch for the next four to five months.”
He added: “By the time I left in June, hiding places were at a premium.”
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“Guards usually find about half of the hooch that is made, and the guys are just hoping they don’t draft in a hooch dog to smell it out.”
Prison chiefs said they were spending £100million on more security.