22 December 2009 (France24) -- Hand sanitizer sales have shot up since the outbreak of the swine flu pandemic, giving rise to an unexpected side trend: getting high on the alcohol-based substance.
Take a look at the main active ingredients on your bottle of hand sanitizer: aqua and ethyl alcohol. That’s water and ethanol, basically the same ingredients found in whisky, vodka or beer. When ethanol makes up more than 60 percent of the composition of a hand gel, a small two-ounce bottle contains the same concentration of alcohol as four shots of vodka.
In countries where the sale of alcohol is forbidden to minors, swallowing hand sanitizer may seem to some teenagers like an easy - albeit bitter - way to get high. Some teens even posted videos of themselves drinking various hand sanitizers on YouTube.
Hand sanitizing gel is nothing new in the United States, where it was widely use
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