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Hand Sanitizer is the New Vodka?


Hand Sanitizer

Apparently to some teens, it is and to the point where some schools are even banning it. The ethanol-based hand sanitizer is 60% ethanol, which translates to a whopping 120 proof and has led some teenagers to consume it orally for an easy and cheap drunk. As one could imagine, calls to poison control centers around the country have spiked dramatically as this trend, believed to have been started in California, continues to grow. Teens are even going as far as to separate the alcohol from the gel and using the internet to find recipes for how to make the sanitizer more palatable. What’s next, Sanitizer Sangria? Sanitizer of Hand Harvey Wallbanger? Who knows, but officials have warned parents to keep track of hand sanitizer use in the home as they would medication, and to switch to foam sanitizer as it may be less appealing to teens for abuse.


  1. Phil | Monday, April 30, 2012

    Guess Listerine doesn’t cut it any more.

  2. Erin | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Wow, that is really disgusting.

  3. Julie Kropf | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    It’s sad that teenagers will go so far out of their way to harm themselves or to get their parents attention. Typically both parents are working, resulting in increased time away from the kids. It’s too bad that so many family obligations have to suffer in order to meet the finacial obligations of the day. Sadly it’s become a sign of the times. These young people need more supervision, more accountability, more one on one time with their parents and less freedom.

  4. Harry Oranges | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Blegh. Is our societal perspective really so out of whack that the mystery of alcoholic beverage pushes our kids to do this? Sometimes I forget that the European understanding of fine beverage is far beyond ours. At my dinner table, the kids are getting a taste of Chianti along with their juice box.

  5. Kristyn Lier ~ Beer Ambassador | Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    @Harry: i couldn’t agree with you more. the more society (any society) demonizes a natural part of socialization the more bad things will come from it than good. if alcohol is natural, sociable, understood, respected, and not a “passage” into adulthood, our children (and even some adults) will be better off for it and so too will our country.

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