Now lets be honest, most of us tried to score booze in high school. Whether it was a your parents’ liquor cabinet, an older sibling, or a degenerate parent (“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom. Right, Regina?). However, I think few of us were dumb enough to stoop to the level of the apparent craze that’s sweeping the nation: Drinking Hand Sanitizer.
Six teens were taken to emergency rooms in California after guzzling hand sanitizer to get drunk, prompting doctors to issue a warning to parents about a dangerous new trend, KTLA reported.
Sanitizer is 62 percent ethyl alcohol and 120-proof after distillation. Liquid hand sanitizer is inexpensive and accessible to teenagers, and there are instructions for distillation online. Some of the teens used salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, creating a drink similar to a shot of hard liquor. Boiling the solution to separate the ethanol appears to be another method. Ethanol has a lowering boiling point than water and the other chemicals, so it will evaporate first. With simple chemistry setup, that can be harnessed and cooled back into liquid form ethanol alcohol.
“It’s essentially a shot of hard liquor,” Cyrus Rangan, director of the toxicology bureau for the L.A. County Public Health Department and a medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, told KTLA. “All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager.”
Sure, in theory, you could distill it. Just like in theory you could make meth from Sudafed. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should try or that you’ll be successful. Just ask all the white trash wanna be mad scientists that don’t quite get the process right and end up blowing up their trailer homes or suffocating from the gas each year.
Who would have thought that Hand Sanitizer has two functions: cleaning your hands and cleaning out the gene pool…