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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

Courtesy YouTube

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.


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    Texlawman

    about 4 years ago

    650 Comments

    This has been on the news lately, it can cause the idiot doing this to go blind, Youth think they are invincable, but too many pay a high price for stupidity.

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    about 4 years ago

    2844 Comments

    Youth is wasted on the young.

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    aldridgekb

    about 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    I just think kids are getting dumber...I want to meet the guy that first thought of this idea what a moron..i am with mbarker....give me a couple shots of Jack Daniels and a couple of beers, i like to be able to see whenever i walk out of the bar

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    nmdetcolonel

    about 4 years ago

    40 Comments

    ? has to be a hoax?

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    wow, so stupid, and sounds very painful

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    I'll have a rum and coke enema. Please bartender hold the coke. Darwin at his best.

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    BigNTS

    about 4 years ago

    6814 Comments

    This is how the herd gets thinned. Or, as my daughter put it, God's own way of population control...

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    BigNTS

    about 4 years ago

    6814 Comments

    How stupid is this??

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    mbarker10

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    wow, what happened to drinking the good old fashion way, couple a shots a few beers, they have to snort and pour it in their eyes now. wtf? my kids will never drink anywhere except infront of me!

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    nightwatch

    about 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    oop didn't mean for the thumbs up. This is as stupid as takin the alcohol up the rear

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    nightwatch

    about 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    wow, the dumb crap that kids keep coming up with

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    yowens

    about 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    This is a sign of pure too much time on their hands "IDLE" minds. Thanks to and my sentiments/ Kudos go to copper380, sniper635 ,TeaParty2012, and BelieveTBL you nailed it good response. Lucky for me in only one way, I am doing a report on the effects of alcohol on teens/juveniles, if you have any thing of or want to throw an idea my way go for it most welcome. On a humorous note we only have so many orifices ya think ya could figure out they have a intended purpose ? Is this the meaning of a thrill seeker then we are all in trouble.

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    IL_Soccer_Grad

    about 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    The youth of today our bad, think of their offspring !

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    PNUT

    about 4 years ago

    40 Comments

    This has got to be a hoax.

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    Mke_AF_Cop

    about 4 years ago

    436 Comments

    2 words - Darwin Award

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