Emergency rooms in various hospitals are reporting a growing number of teenagers coming in drunk after drinking cheap liquid hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizers, which contain over 60% ethyl alcohol this can make a 120-proof liquid, are becoming an increasingly popular route for getting drunk.

According to the Los Angeles Times, six teens have been reportedly taken to emergency rooms in the San Fernando. They were treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking the hand sanitizers.

Public health officials in the San Fernando have described these cases as possibly a signal of a dangerous trend.

Cyrus Rangan, director of the toxicology bureau, said to the Los Angeles Times

“All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunken teenager. There is no question that it is dangerous. It is kind of scary that they go to that extent to get a shot of essentially hard.”

These hand sanitizers are relatively cheap, and well within the budgets of the majority of teenagers.

Health officials say it is important for parents to understand how much alcohol these products contain – even a small bottle has enough to get drunk on, because the alcohol content is highly concentrated.

By Ammara Hashmi

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