Solomon Islands police are pushing for increases in penalties for the production of the illegally distilled alcohol, kwaso, which is believed to have played a part in two murders in Honiara at the weekend.
The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, says the two killings and a series of other stabbing incidents are an aberration in the capital, which has seen a decline in serious crime this year.
But he says those involved are thought to have been intoxicated on the cheaply produced kwaso, which he says is like rocket fuel for those unused to it.
Mr Marshall says it is a serious problem the country needs to tackle and one thing police want to see are heavier fines.
"There is quite a profit to be made from kwaso and at the moment the fines dished out are in the 100 dollar [Solomon Islands dollars] or thereabouts sort of category, and we are certainly looking at making that far more effective from that point of view."
The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall.