Over the years, we’ve reported on a number of unusual and dangerous ways people, especially children are getting intoxicated.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

In 2010, we saw the strange trend of “eyeballing”, where the individual would pour vodka into their eyeball for an instant buzz.

In 2011, the use of “vodka tampons” in Germany became news as a way to get drunk.

And in 2012, we saw reports of kids drinking hand sanitizer to achieve that high.

Now continuing in this topic, CNN reported on the latest stats from the Georgia Poison Center concerning the dramatic increase in the consumption of hand sanitizer. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Since 2010, poison control center hotlines across the United States have seen a nearly 400% increase in calls related to children younger than 12 ingesting hand sanitizer.
  • 3,266 hand sanitizer cases related to young children were reported to poison control centers in 2010. In 2014, the number increased to 16,117 cases.

Is this just harmless fun? Simple answer-No.

According to Dr. Gaylord Lopez with the Georgia Poison Center– The amount of alcohol in hand sanitizer ranges from 45% to 95%. Ingesting even small amounts — as little as two or three squirts in some cases — can cause alcohol poisoning. By comparison, wine and beer contain about 12% and 5% alcohol.

These items must be kept out of the hands of children and it’s use must be monitored.