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BY VERONICA POLIVANAYA

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

In what experts are labeling a dangerous trend, some teens are guzzling hand sanitizer to get a buzz. A reporter for KTLA explains.

“Recently, at least six teenagers showed up in emergency rooms in the San Fernando Valley. They had alcohol poisoning. Poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer.”

According to the Fix, teens are using instructions from the web to distill the sanitizer with salt and cheesecloths. While a shot of vodka is usually 80-proof, this booze ooze can be as high as 120-proof. Police in Albuquerque outline the side effects on KRQE.

“Diarrhea to blindness, vision problems, memory problems, and then of course, to internal organs. Some of these effects are irreversible effects.”

But according to Maclean's, this is nothing new to Canada. Back in 2009, teachers discovered kids as young as eight downing the hand sanitizer, saying they’d been enticed by the promise of alcohol “right on the bottle.”   

Struggling to wrap your head around this poison-of-choice? According to KNSD, you’d be surprised at what drinks teenagers have knocked back in the past.

“Teenagers have gotten drunk off mouthwash, cough syrup, even vanilla extract.”

But a writer for Jezebel says the sanitizer sensation is only a trend because the media makes it seem like one.

Erin Gloria Ryan: “American news media continues to lead the world in assigning ‘trend’ status to things like five people have done.”

Trend or not, a toxicology expert worries more teenagers will be driven to drink the soapy stuff since it’s so cheap and accessible. A writer for LAist offers a few tips for concerned parents.

 

Jessica Pauline Ogilvie: “Experts say they should keep an eye on hand sanitizer the same way they would keep an eye on the liquor cabinet. Although all that probably means is that teens will move on to something else.”

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Apr 25, 2012

Teenagers Guzzle Hand Sanitizer to Get Drunk

(Image source: Youtube)


BY VERONICA POLIVANAYA

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

In what experts are labeling a dangerous trend, some teens are guzzling hand sanitizer to get a buzz. A reporter for KTLA explains.

“Recently, at least six teenagers showed up in emergency rooms in the San Fernando Valley. They had alcohol poisoning. Poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer.”

According to the Fix, teens are using instructions from the web to distill the sanitizer with salt and cheesecloths. While a shot of vodka is usually 80-proof, this booze ooze can be as high as 120-proof. Police in Albuquerque outline the side effects on KRQE.

“Diarrhea to blindness, vision problems, memory problems, and then of course, to internal organs. Some of these effects are irreversible effects.”

But according to Maclean's, this is nothing new to Canada. Back in 2009, teachers discovered kids as young as eight downing the hand sanitizer, saying they’d been enticed by the promise of alcohol “right on the bottle.”   

Struggling to wrap your head around this poison-of-choice? According to KNSD, you’d be surprised at what drinks teenagers have knocked back in the past.

“Teenagers have gotten drunk off mouthwash, cough syrup, even vanilla extract.”

But a writer for Jezebel says the sanitizer sensation is only a trend because the media makes it seem like one.

Erin Gloria Ryan: “American news media continues to lead the world in assigning ‘trend’ status to things like five people have done.”

Trend or not, a toxicology expert worries more teenagers will be driven to drink the soapy stuff since it’s so cheap and accessible. A writer for LAist offers a few tips for concerned parents.

 

Jessica Pauline Ogilvie: “Experts say they should keep an eye on hand sanitizer the same way they would keep an eye on the liquor cabinet. Although all that probably means is that teens will move on to something else.”

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