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Teens Getting Drunk Off Hand Sanitizer! When kids resort to this, what do you fear is next?

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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Teens Who Get Drunk Off Hand Sanitizer Need to Clean Up Their Act

Posted by Jeanne Sager

hand sanitizerHave you ever looked at the bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk and wondered, "Hmm, could I get drunk by taking a few sips?" Me neither. But then I'm not a teenager!

So it should surprise absolutely no one that the ER patients who prompted California health officials to issue a warning to the world about the dangers of drinking from that bottle of cleanser were all under 20. They saw the words "contains alcohol" on the bottle, and you can guess what happened next ... glug, glug, glug.

Sigh. The sanitizer warning doesn't worry me, honestly. It's what it represents that will keep me up at night when my kid hits the teen years.

Hand sanitizer is legal. It's safe (supposedly). It's the kind of thing any parent would buy and hand to their kid without thinking twice. And that's the problem, y'all.

You can hand a kid the most benign object, and you just never know how they will bastardize it to fit some devious intent! And if you're sitting there, shaking your head, and saying, "Uh uh, not my kid," you can stop right now. All kids do this. It's a rule of growing up.

Even the good kids want to figure out how to be more like the grown-ups ... that's the path we set them on after all. We are telling them that they need to start acting more and more like adults. Only without the ability to actually access "grown-up things," they have to get creative.

Enter the idiot who decides quaffing hand sanitizer is a great way to get blitzed. It's ironic that this particular warning is about hand sanitizer of all things. Talk about something specifically designed to do GOOD for our kids! It fights germs! And when you consider the rather unhygienic habits of teenagers, handing over a bottle of this stuff seems like a no-brainer.

It's akin to the ease with which parents have stocked their kitchen cabinets with cinnamon for years. Who would have ever imagined that the stuff they loved on their oatmeal as toddlers would be killing kids who are taking the so-called "cinnamon challenge"? I could keep on listing stuff that's in my house for completely legitimate reasons, but has been used by teens over the years in dangerous ways ... but I don't want to give my daughter any ideas!

We can't stop buying the normal, everyday products we use just because we're afraid of what our kids will do with them. So what's left? Talking, talking, talking, until we're blue in the face ... that's our best weapon as parents.

When kids are drinking hand sanitizer, what do you fear is next?

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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SarahSuzyQ
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM
We need to do more than just talk. We need to model healthy behavior and responsible choices. If you tell your kids they don't need to get drunk to have fun, but then tell lots of drinking stories or require alcohol at every party... Guess which message speaks louder?

About the hand sanitizer, though... Yikes. In my day it was cough syrup. Who knows what will come next?

I guess that's why I feel so strongly about trying to develop good values around potentially risky behaviors, rather than just trying to police the latest fad.
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meam4444
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Eww yuck!  I have no idea what will be next.

disneymom2two
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Our schools aren't supposed to have hand sanitizer in the classrooms since one of the middleschoolers decided to drink it.  Yuck!

aprilz1225
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM
Quoting meam4444:

Eww yuck!  I have no idea what will be next.

 totaly with you gross.

aprilz1225
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

 I have heard of this.. once at a day care use'n strawberry scented hand sanitizer. a toddler was sucking it off her hands and got drunk and treated for alcohol poisoning. If children are going to the extreme measures of drinking this... there  must be a drinking problem that these children already have and need help.

meam4444
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Oh my!!

Quoting disneymom2two:

Our schools aren't supposed to have hand sanitizer in the classrooms since one of the middleschoolers decided to drink it.  Yuck!


pampire
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Used to be that only hardcore alcoholics would do that.  It freaks me out what kids are doing to cop a buzz these days, "pharm parties" being the scariest.  Next they'll be drinking lighter fluid or something flammable and leaving themselves scarred for life.

aprilz1225
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM

 parents?? where are the parents? get the lotion kind.. that way you'll know if your kid is doing it ..it'll give the the "goes".

LIANADEAN
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Pretty soon they'll be drinking Listerine or the "pure" extracts like vanilla, what the heck is wrong with kids nowadays.  When I was living in Bethel Alaska back in the mid 80's going to the local grocery store they locked up everything that had alcohol in it because Bethel was labeled a "dry town" no alcohol.  The natives would drink listerine the extracts and anything that had alcohol, if you wanted those items you had to ask for it.  So glad that my kids are grown up and responsible.

tabbykatts
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM
The teens are not drinking it out of the pump. There is a you- tube video showing how to separate the jell from the alcohol. If I remember correctly that makes 160 proof alcohol. The teens are then getting alcohol poisoning.
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