New trend? Some teens drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk
A spate of emergency room visits by eens drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk have some health officials worried the potentially harmful behavior could become a larger trend.
Los Angeles — Teenagers are showing up in Los Angeles emergency rooms after drinking inexpensive liquid hand sanitizers to get drunk.
Cheap and easily accessible hand sanitizers contain 62 percent ethyl alcohol.
Some of the teens used salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, making a potent drink similar to a shot of hard liquor. Distillation instructions can be found on the Internet.