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Police Warned About New Drinking Game That Could Leave Teens Blind

Police Warned About New Drinking Game That Could Leave Teens Blind

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Washington Post via YellowBrix

May 26, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Drug prevention advocates are warning Maryland police and schools to caution students against pouring vodka in their eyes as graduation and Beach Week approach.

“Younger teens who are the high school drinkers are the ones who are going to end up trying to do this,” said Mike Gimbel, Baltimore County’s drug “czar” for 30 years and now president of a substance abuse consulting firm in Maryland. “They are going to go to Ocean City, and some of these idiots are going to do it and make themselves blind.”

“Vodka eyeballing” is a fairly new method of alcohol intake thrust into the national spotlight by a London tabloid. Hundreds of YouTube videos document the practice — and every time, the “eyeballer” screams in pain when alcohol meets the eye, whether by way of a shot glass or straight from the bottle. Doctors warn that the practice can lead to blinding.

Gimbel said he is sending out immediate alerts to state police, schools and parents.

Three 2009 college graduates living in the District of Columbia told The Washington Examiner that eyeballing was a common party stunt. They said they wished to remain anonymous to avoid being associated with the practice.

“Every time, it was a big spectacle where people were like ‘what the hell is that kid doing,’ " said one graduate, who compared the feeling to getting shampoo in the eye.

Another said he had tried eyeballing a few times.

“It stings for a couple seconds,” he said, adding that snorting bourbon is much more popular.

“It feels like a baseball bat hitting you in the back of the head — for about two to three minutes,” he said of inhaling caps full of the American-style whiskey.

Like snorting alcohol, eyeballing “gets you drunker faster on a lot less vodka,” said optometrist Stephen Glasser, who has been practicing locally for more than three decades. “When you go through your eye to your sinuses, it is close to straight injection. The alcohol absorbs into the bloodstream right away.”

Maryland optometrist Alan Glazier compared eyeballing to an alcohol enema.

“In essence, you could melt the cornea,” he said.

Some doctors and college administrators are skeptical that eyeballing is a growing trend.

Gimbel said the reality of the trend is “secondary” to the fact that “when kids start seeing the videos, they are going to try it.”

Two years ago, YouTube helped make alcohol inhalation recreational in Britain and, soon after, in the United States.

“It got totally out of control rather quickly, with lots of people ending up in the hospital,” Gimbel said.

  • 1979_max50


    about 3 years ago


    So if these brainless wonders blind themselves we place them on disability and pay them for life and give them free healthcare in the form of medicare. Now who are the stupid ones?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    I don't understand how this method can get you drunk but I do understand that is can be really dangerous. That also proves how easily the under-aged get access to alcohol despite being illegal. Judging after how things are going I think most communities should have teen support institutions, this would give the teens a second chance to stop ruining their future and have a fresh start in life. One of my friends is in drug treatment San Francisco as we speak to overcome his addiction problems.

  • Car6_max50


    about 4 years ago


    outrageously stupid!

  • Cdcr_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Flowers_20_234__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Ditto what John said...friggen stupid

  • Jon_max50


    about 4 years ago


    That is plain STUPID

  • Imagesca4xarl3gatekeeper911_max50


    about 4 years ago


    So Thats Where were At Huh ,,,,, We Now Have Smart Weapons, and Stupit Kids????,,,,, WOW!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This is why I think the gene pool needs a little chlorine in it.

  • Img00009_max50


    about 4 years ago


    thats just dumb.............

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    soooo basically it's stupid people doing stupid cr@p. And....... natural selection at work here. Wee. Stupid people shouldn't breed or is it that some are so weak mentally they give in to pure pressure to do things they know are completely stupid.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    i would like to think that todays kids are getting smarter but after storys like this one i fear for the future.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Well, at least they are not inhaling...or swallowing...

  • Logo_20bus_20card_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If these idiots go blind what do you want to bet that they will:
    1) Sue the bar, liquor store, distiller or friend for providing them a dangerous substance
    2) File for disability and probably get it along with our hard earned tax dollars.

    It might sound cruel but if they go blind, set their sorry butts in front of a bar with a tin cup!

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Another said he had tried eyeballing a few times. “It stings for a couple seconds,” he said, adding that snorting bourbon is much more popular.

    Eyeballing Vodka and snorting bourbon wow. How proud are the parents of these idiots?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    That is wasting good vodka

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