The college students of America are not always given a lot of credit for their alcohol habits. Sure, a huge percentage of students drink responsibly, but plenty of others don’t and (as with everything else), those tend to be the ones that crop up in the news. For example, the inappropriate and potentially very dangerous usage of tampons in order to get oneself drunk. In the latest bit of “Oh Dear, Please Don’t Do That” news regarding collegiate boozing, it would appear that alcohol enemas are now, somehow, a thing.
According to Columbia Health’s Go Ask Alice!, alcohol enemas (more affectionately referred to as “butt chugging”) are extremely dangerous because of the lack of filtration and digestive process for the alcohol.
Because the primary job of the intestines is to absorb nutrients into the body, if you put alcohol directly into your colon, it will be absorbed much more rapidly than it would be if it entered your body orally,” Columbia Health’s “Alice” said to an inquiring student. “It can make you very drunk, very quickly. Because everyone’s body is different, it’s hard to judge how much or how quickly an alcohol enema would affect any one person.
However, regardless of the dangers relating to this practice, people still somehow, some way seem to think it’s a good idea. For example, University of Tennessee student Alexander P. Broughton, 20, was brought to the emergency room this past weekend with a blood alcohol content thought of as “well over .4.” [via HuffingtonPost]
This is extraordinarily high. For comparison, if you weighed 140 and drank eight drinks within three hours, your BAC would be only be approximately .21, so imagine just how much alcohol has to be in your blood stream to blow a .4. By my estimates, if a male weighing 170 would, over the course of about three hours, have to consume around nineteen shots of liquor. Nineteen. But when a person is ingesting it directly into the blood stream utilizing this whole ridiculous technique, it can be considerably less.
Fortunately, the student, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, is doing all right. However, the fraternity is now being investigated for its involvement in the incident as well as their practices. In college, I was in Kappa Alpha Pi and we admittedly did a fair amount of drinking, but absolutely nothing compared to this. And, though I feel this should go without say, nothing involving alcohol and butts. Because most people with common sense would simply think it was a pretty terrible idea (which it is).
Now, I don’t know about you Lovelies, but I’m at least 100 percent positive I will never be giving myself an alcohol enema. Not only is it dangerous, it’s also all very… “ew,” to put it quaintly. I can’t imagine doing it for myself, let alone being involved in anybody else going for it.
Lovelies, what do you think about this bizarre new trend?