Beetle Nut Blast

I was discussing with a friend this last weekend about how to make an alcoholic substance from Beetle Nuts. I suggested something similar to Poi the Hawaiian alcoholic puddy. My friend predicted something more along the lines of Palm wine similar to the stuff the bushmen drink in Sub Saharan Africa. I pointed out that it was in fact Ethel Alcohol and could lead to blindness and many other maladies.
Anyone ever tried to do it or know if it has been done?