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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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    Talon

    about 4 years ago

    638 Comments

    *sigh* These children ...

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    uncledennis1

    about 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    Think kids think.

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    DPSdispatcher

    about 4 years ago

    82 Comments

    Just think of the possibilities for "natural selection" with this bunch. Thank God I survived being young and stupid!

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    1GUNSLINGER

    about 4 years ago

    268 Comments

    Dumb. Asses.

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    deckerpolice28

    about 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    wow im 17 and this s*it is sooo dumb why do so many of us younger people have to ruin are lifes. Its not worth it in the long run

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    LPD347

    about 4 years ago

    512 Comments

    I personally like my Vodka mixed with 2 parts orange juice, sipped casually under the unbrella on my back deck... don't think I'll be trying this "eyeballing" consumption technique anytime soon, even though I could probably figure out how two parts of orange juice feel if I did and went blind because of it!! Stupid is as stupid does...

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    Jkaz232

    about 4 years ago

    1072 Comments

    And these people are our future?? We're in for a seriously bumpy ride!

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    delano388

    about 4 years ago

    4314 Comments

    What a bunch of dumbasses

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    tdchase

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    why does my generation have to be the ones to think up this dumb stuff. On behalf of my generation I'm sorry for our idiocy

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    Patrolman25

    about 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    May be the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

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    436

    about 4 years ago

    574 Comments

    We are raising a generation of serious idiots. I partied often when I was younger and never would have thougth of doing this nor did I ever see anyone do this. Crazy!

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    RescueNanny

    about 4 years ago

    2646 Comments

    Nice to see education has made a difference in the lives of our nation's youth!

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    Alexander_Ott

    about 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    Oww...if this is what my peers see as fun, I think I'll stay dull and boring.

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    dpddunbar

    about 4 years ago

    786 Comments

    That's just stupid..Where do they come up with this stuff???

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Bump to Suzanne - youtube needs to be policed better. To hell with the First Amendment arguments; you still can't yell 'fire' in a movie theater!

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