I'm sure most everyone has heard the news this week about teens drinking sanitizer, so I decided to investigate exactly how much alcohol is in a bottle of hand sanitizer.
- Purell - 62% Ethyl Alcohol
- New & Inproved Purell - 70% Ethyl Alcohol
- Germ-X - 63% Ethyl Alcohol
- Sani-hands Hand Sanitizer Wipes - 65.9%
- Walgreen's Brand - 65% Ethyl Alcohol
SIGNS OF ALCOHOL POISONING(from hand sanitizer):
- Slurred speech
- Burning sensation in stomach
- Slowed breathing
- Vision problems/blindness
- Internal organ damage
- Memory loss
Apparently, this isn't a new trend. According to KSAT.com, poison control centers received 622 calls involving teenagers, who drank hand sanitizer. There has been 203 calls so far this year.
And you may be wondering..."Why?" It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy alcohol, but anyone at any age can walk into a store and buy a bottle of hand sanitizer.
I don't believe there are billions of teenagers getting drunk on hand sanitizer. Neither one of my daughters has heard of this, and both asked "why would they do that?" Some of these teen trends are regional, but if you are the parent of a tween or teen, you should talk to him/her about the dangers of ingesting hand sanitizer. These trends have been known to spread like wild fire, and as I've said before, knowledge is power.