Can my teen get high from drinking hand sanitizer?


There is a new cause for concern for teen drug use trending across the United States but it does not involve drugs – it’s hand sanitizer. If you are thinking, can my teen get high from drinking hand sanitizer, the answer is yes.

Hand sanitizer, such as your basic bottle of Purell is 60 to 65 percent alcohol, which translates to two shots of 80 proof vodka. Some teens mix Listerine with salt and hand sanitizer for a concoction that is known as a hand sanity fix, Mr. Clean’s Tears and hand sanitrippin.

Hand sanitizer contains rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol and is toxic to your central nervous system. The side effects from drinking hand sanitizer can lead to diarrhea, vision problems, memory loss and damage to internal organs. Teens drinking hand sanitizer can experience alcohol poisoning which can lead to coma and death.

Teens that participate in this type of risky behavior are putting not only their current health at risk but also their futures. Between the ages of 12 and 20, individuals go through a number of physiological and psychological changes that help them develop into adults. Teens that drink hand sanitizer, or use alcohol and drugs, put their developmental future in jeopardy.

If your teen is drinking hand sanitizer or using drugs and alcohol, they may need to enroll in a program that focuses on teens. There are many reasons why teens may turn to substance use and other risky behaviors; these reasons can include peer pressure, bullying, academic pressures, problems at home to name a few. It is possible that your teen may need detox before they enroll in a rehab or alternative program. Most doctors recommend IV therapy medical detox.

IV therapy medical detox is supervised by a physician and intravenous therapy is important because it allows the physician to make changes to the medication as the withdrawal symptoms change. This keeps the patient comfortable and makes it possible for them to complete the detox process safely.

St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that  teaches teens to utilize self assessment to identify problematic thought and behavior patterns so they can implement real lifestyle changes and take control of their lives. Guests learn to build habits and behaviors that are positive and that give purpose to their life. Our guests see an increase in their self confidence and self esteem and they discover that they can have a life that is permanently free from substance use problems

Some teens find that they can benefit from an additional four week program that focuses on the challenges that they will encounter once they return home and to school. The PREP or Personal Review and Enhancement Program at St. Jude Retreats can help your teen with academic progress, as well applying to college and military entrance preparation and planning their future. There is nothing more important for a teen than envisioning a future filled with excitement and success.