Teen 'drinking' takes a dangerous turn

POSTED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 3:04pm

Teens are turning to an unusual method for getting drunk without drinking: Alcohol soaked tampons.

Tina Coffelt runs the New Horizon Sober House in Encinitas, California.

"A big reason they do it is you get a faster high and then you don't have the stomach upset so the vomiting is rare," she explains.

Coffelt says she's not surprised that teenagers are looking for news ways to experiment, but she says direct insertion of alcohol into the body can be dangerous.

"It is a faster process of how much is going into the blood stream so there's a much higher risk of alcohol poisoning," she says.

A tampon can hold about one shot of vodka and the liquor is rapidly absorbed, providing a stronger, faster intoxication than simply drinking a shot.

Because absorbing the alcohol through the body doesn't involve the digestive tract the kids don't experience any gag reflex, so they won't throw up when they've had too much and won't know if they've got alcohol poisoning.

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