He didn't drink, but he got very drunk

Question: I live in Roswell and my son goes to Georgia Tech; he's studying engineering. I thought he was smart enough not to do really stupid stuff. But he's only 19 and he was in his dorm room and he and some friends wanted to drink. But they wanted to experiment and not drink in the traditional way. Instead they gave each other alcohol enemas.

He told me that each friend took a turn basically lying on his back, with knees in the air, and a funnel inserted into the rectum. Then alcohol was poured into the funnel. They used some cheap gin and vodka.

Then my son tried driving home after he did the enema. He almost made it to our house but he got stopped by a Roswell police officer. The officer said he was speeding and that he almost hit the cop car. My son called me and I drove just two minutes and there he was. He was stumbling around and he actually threw up.

Have you ever heard of people getting drunk like that? I'm embarrassed for him. Also, the Roswell cop said that he smelled like alcohol and that it was on his breath. Can your breath smell like booze if you only took it anally and didn't drink it?

V.M. in Roswell

Answer: What your son did actually has a name; it's called "butt-chugging." It is quite popular in some quarters and is actually very dangerous. The danger is mostly that you don't know how much alcohol is being "consumed." We have had clients who had the equivalent of 10 drinks but thought that it was far less because they never actually drank anything; it was all done through their rectum.

Other ways people ingest alcohol include:

  • Snorting
  • Inhaling
  • by sublingual absorption (holding the booze in your mouth)
  • using a tampon
  • injecting
  • "eyeballing" (putting it in your eyes)

Needless to say, each of these methods can be very dangerous.

As for your question about alcohol being on his breath although he just utilized an enema, because the alcohol goes directly his blood stream, the vapor comes out in his breath just the same.

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