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rgbrock1
25th Apr 2012, 18:31
Seems that doctors in California, USA are warning parents of the danger of their teen aged kids in drinking hand sanitizer for the alcohol content. Many emergency rooms of hospitals have reported a sharp increase in the number of young adults being admitted for alcohol poisoning via hand sanitizer.

WTF?

First off, I don't know about you but hand sanitizer tastes extremely bad. Matter of fact, it tastes like sh*t. not that I drink it mind you but I have had the misfortune of getting some of it on my lips when mindlessly swiping my mouth after using the stuff on my hands. (I work in a hospital where germs, bacteria, virus, etc. run rampant.) But to actually guzzle the stuff for the alcohol content?

WTF?

Every time I read more about the continuing antics of our current youth, the more I'm inclined to believe that in the near future, we're all f**ked.

And what do the "experts" recommend?

"Parents also shouldn't leave hand sanitizer around the house, and should monitor it like any other liquor or medication."

WTF?

Would you like a splash of seltzer with your hand sanitizer, me lady?

sitigeltfel
25th Apr 2012, 18:38
Dorset County Hospital removes alcohol handwash because tramps are drinking it (From Dorset Echo) (http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/4465338.Dorset_County_Hospital_removes_alcohol_handwash_beca use_tramps_are_drinking_it/)

rgbrock1
25th Apr 2012, 18:48
it's happening over there too? Have we all lost our f**king minds?

sea oxen
25th Apr 2012, 19:21
Tastes better than Foster's, and less expensive too.

Seldomfitforpurpose
25th Apr 2012, 19:23
Expecting an 'expert' opinion any time now :p

OFSO
25th Apr 2012, 19:24
I used to drink TCP when I lived in England (many years ago...) Not regularly, just if/when I had a sore throat. Swigged from the bottle. Kind of an acquired taste, and I did.

rgbrock1
25th Apr 2012, 19:27
TCP, OFSO? You used to drink a communications protocol?
What did that taste like?!!!!!

<sorry, couldn't resist. I'll leave now.>

OFSO
25th Apr 2012, 19:30
It tasted like any other form of pro-to-col. Zingy with a metallic background.

I could drift this thread into the foulest alcoholic drinks ever. But I won't.

rgbrock1
25th Apr 2012, 19:32
I'll second sea oxen on his opinion about Fosters. I would imagine hand sanitizer is tastier than that swill!!!!

hellsbrink
25th Apr 2012, 19:46
Tastes better than Foster's,

Isn't it true that the called Castlemaine "XXXX" because they couldn't spell p*sh?

vulcanised
25th Apr 2012, 19:50
Chap over the road used to swig TCP, and give his labrador a mouthful, and brush the dog's coat with it.

Think he was rather keen on it.

racedo
25th Apr 2012, 20:55
Good old Foster's.............................like making love in a Canoe


F:mad:g close to water.

racedo
25th Apr 2012, 20:57
First off, I don't know about you but hand sanitizer tastes extremely bad. Matter of fact, it tastes like sh*t.

Given the sh1t that teenagers put into their body I think this doesn't seem so bad...................stupid but then kids want to put rot gut alcohol into their body who is to say no...

Fox3WheresMyBanana
25th Apr 2012, 21:36
nothing new under the Sun.

Our old UAS linebook had, from 1984,

" My car's broke, the grant check is late, and then there's my Meths Bill"......

N707ZS
25th Apr 2012, 22:13
There was a man somewhere in the North of the UK caught cutting a petrol pump hose and drinking from that!!:uhoh:

G-CPTN
25th Apr 2012, 23:39
Vehicles with airbrake systems operating in below-freezing temperatures risk getting ice forming in the valves.

One solution to the problem was an evaporator that sucked air through a bottle of methanol which acted as an anti-freeze.

London Transport stopped fitting evaporators when it was discovered that the crews were drinking the methanol.

Drinking methanol can cause blindness and death.

Methanol - Toxicity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methanol#Toxicity)

pigboat
26th Apr 2012, 00:43
Back in the days when de-icing fluid choices consisted of Shell Compound 4, period, not a winter went by that we didn't medevac some character from out in the boonies with a severe case of methanol poisoning. A few of the local drunks would toddle off to the airstrip of an evening and broach a barrel of Compound 4 for an evening's enjoyment.

Worrals in the wilds
26th Apr 2012, 09:38
Isn't it true that the called Castlemaine "XXXX" because they couldn't spell p*sh? No. It's short for 'This tastes like XXXX but at least it's not bloody Fosters.' :E They couldn't fit the whole phrase on the can. :}

As you say, Fosters is worse than hand sanitiser. I've never met an Australian yet who 'fessed up to drinking the stuff.

As for the original post rgbrock1, I agree except that this has been around longer than the 'kids of today'. Back in the 1980s here there were a couple of scary inner city pubs who sold methylated spirits by the glass to deros (translates as bums / tramps where appropriate). 'White Lady' was metho on ice, 'Black Lady' was a metho and coke. Sends you blind of course, but way cheap...:( On the off chance they survived, those guys would be in their eighties by now.

Out of interest, is hand sanitiser ethyl or methyl alcohol? Not that I'm planning on swigging it either way.:eek:

radeng
26th Apr 2012, 11:03
When I was in hospital in 2007, I was told that it was, and had been for some time, a common problem in Glasgow hospitals.

Ancient Observer
26th Apr 2012, 11:19
Went to Slough hospital the other day. The hand wash bottles had all been taken out. I asked why and was told "They weren't working".

Have I been told a little white lie?

rgbrock1
26th Apr 2012, 12:35
Worrals:

The active ingredient (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_ingredient) in hand sanitizers may be isopropanol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopropyl_alcohol), ethanol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol), n-propanol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propan-1-ol), or povidone-iodine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Povidone-iodine). Inactive ingredients in alcohol rubs typically include a thickening agent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thickening_agent) such as polyacrylic acid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyacrylic_acid) for alcohol gels, humectants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humectant) such as glycerin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerin) for liquid rubs, propylene glycol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol), and essential oils (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_oils) of plants.

Mallan
26th Apr 2012, 19:06
TCP or as my mother referred to it Tom Cats Piss.

Defiantly an acquired taste.

flying lid
26th Apr 2012, 20:56
The Queen visits a Scottish army hospital and visits ward A. Inside is a Scots soldier lying on his front with a cage and a blanket over his bum. The Queen turns to the Sergeant Major who is escorting her through the hospital and asks:
“Sergeant, what is this soldier in hospital for?”
"Ma'am he is suffering from a terrible case of piles."
"Oh dear" replies the Queen "And what’s the treatment for that?"
"Wire brush and Dettol three times a day".
Turning to the soldier she asks " And do you have any ambition left in life?"
"Aye Ma'am, I want tae beat this terrible affliction and get back to serve my Queen and Country" he replies
"That's very commendable of you " she says and pins a medal of honour on his bum.

She moves onto the second patient and asks the Sergeant Major “What is this man in for?"
“I’ve no sympathy for this man, a self-inflicted wound, he has a venereal disease.”
"And what’s the treatment for that?"
"Wire Brush and Dettol three times a day, Ma’am".
Turning to the soldier she asks " And do you have any ambition left in life?"
"Aye Ma'am, I want tae beat this terrible affliction and get back to serve my Queen and Country" he replies
"That's very commendable of you " she says and pins a medal of honour on his chest.

She moves onto the last patient and asks him “What are you in hospital for?"

The soldier replies in a croaky voice "Tonsillitis"
The Queen, quite relieved asks "And what’s the treatment for that?"
"Wire Brush and Dettol three times a day ma'am "comes the croaky reply"
"Oh, but isn’t that awfully painful?" She gasps.
"Whatever it takes to beat this affliction and get back to serving My Queen And Country" He Says Proudly
"And Do You Have any ambition left in life?" she asks.
"Aye," the man replies "I like to get the Wire brush and Dettol before those two other dirty bastards!!!"

Lid