Monday, October 13, 2014

Hand Sanitizer: The Latest Hazardous Teen Trend?

Times have changed a lot since most of us were young. It can be difficult to keep up with the latest hazardous trends for teens because of how quickly they change. The substances are always changing, putting our children at risk. Because of all the sudden changes, we may never even notice the new signs to notice that our child may be intoxicated. It can be difficult to know what to look for that may become a potential problem. It may surprise you that one of the latest teen intoxication trends is completely legal and assessable to them almost anywhere, even legal for them to buy. They even use it at school.

You may have heard of teens using Robitussin and Listerine to get drunk, but have you ever heard of them using hand sanitizer? That is right. One of the latest trends for teens to get drunk is by using hand sanitizer. According to the American Association of Poison Control, over 12,000 children became poisoned from hand sanitizer in 2006.

Most hand sanitizers contain at least 62% Ethel Alcohol, which makes it equivalent to at least 120 proof of alcohol. This means if a teen ingests only 2 ounces of hand sanitizer it will be the same as if they drank four shots of vodka. You may think, well from the smell how can they stand to drink it? The hard truth is that when determined, teens will do just about anything to get the high they crave. Some teens drink it straight and others may mix it with sweet drinks to better the flavor.

The scary thing about this new teen trend is that it is completely legal and accessible to them almost anywhere. It's only illegal if the teens are found intoxicated or get behind a wheel and decide to drive. Hand sanitizer can be bought almost anywhere with absolutely no age restriction. It can be found in homes, schools, doctors offices, almost any public area including stores.

There is no absolute fool proof way to keep your teen away from hand sanitizer. The best thing you can do to prepare yourself and your child is to talk with them. Explain how inappropriate use of any alcohol is bad for their health. Teach them the importance of following safety instructions on the label and the terrible health dangers they can put in if they decide to drink this. Education really is the best strategy.

Have you had to deal with a teen consuming hand sanitizer?

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