Try the Purell Old Fashioned

Try the Purell Old Fashioned

It’s either this or Robitussin, I guess…

The best way to drink hand sanitizer is straight, like whisky, and down it “like a shot,” explains Tyler, a Grade 10 student who lives in Toronto. Undiluted, the alcohol-based liquid tastes a little like “vodka and bug spray,” he adds.

The alarming comment from the 15-year-old mirrors a growing number of news reports about teenagers and children drinking the antiseptic hand-cleaning products. Most hand sanitizers have an alcoholic content between 60 and 90 per cent, which means that even small amounts have led to a number of cases of alcohol poisoning in younger children.

Thanks, society!

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. J. Lindsey on December 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    That’s…unbelievable. Doesn’t this make people sick?
    Can’t wait for the knee-jerk reaction from the manufacturers trying not to get sued by adding bittergents/emetics or other chemicals that would make the product unsafe or unpleasant for people who use it properly.
    Maybe I should be thankful I went to high school in the Delta. Not that I ever used it, but I was never more than two phone calls away from any illicit substance I could imagine.
    …which obviously isn’t a *good* thing, but it kept people from doing crap like this. Sheesh.

  2. grass hopper on November 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    That is crazy. Why can’t the manufacturers put something synthetic in there that tastes completely undrinkable.

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