Teenagers getting drunk on hand sanitizers

Posted by    |    April 25th, 2012 at 6:45 am

A close-up of a drop of a hand sanitizer from a squeeze bottle (Credit: enggul via Flickr)Here’s a trend that should disturb us all: American teenagers are getting drunk on liquid hand sanitizers.  The substance contains so much ethyl alcohol that it is 120-proof; by comparison, vodka is 80-proof.  As many as 2,600 cases of alcohol poisoning from hand sanitizers have been reported in California, but officials say this is a national problem.  Internet videos teach teenagers how to distill and ingest it for maximum effect.

Meanwhile, North Korea has renewed its threat to attack U.S. and South Korean military installations and “cut the throat” of anyone who defames their leaders.  South Korean authorities went on high alert after the threats.