Alcohol-soaked tampons used in drinking game?

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by Diana Zoga

KMOV.com

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 12:31 PM

(KMOV) -- Online, there are stories about young people who are trying a dangerous experiment to get drunk, fast. The idea is to soak a tampon in alcohol, then insert into the body (the vagina or anus).

It's thought to allow alcohol to soak into the system, quickly, because the alcohol doesn't have to be digested. It's also promoted as a way to avoid detection because the alcohol would not be smelled on the breath.

Pediatrician Kelly Ross of St Louis Children's Hospital says she hasn't seen any cases, locally. However, she says she's heard of the experiment.

"That's part of being a teenager is experimenting and pushing limits and trying to get away with things," said Dr. Ross.

Dr. Ross says the experiment is an extreme one. The alcohol-soaked tampon would burn on insertion.

"I can't imagine doing this all the time. It would really worry me that somebody was an alcoholic," said Dr. Ross.

Tampons are designed to hold liquid, not release it - so the desired effect of getting drunk may not happen. Even if someone could tolerate the pain, the health risks include alcohol poisoning and damage to sensitive tissues in private areas.

 

 

 

 

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