Those crazy kids. What will they think of next. I was not surprised when I stumbled across this article on Gawker.com – Butt-Chugging: What Is It, and Who’s Doing It?. With fun names like “boofing” to describe the act of introducing alcohol into orifices below the neck, it’s not shocking that there are countless videos on YouTube highlighting the antics of frat boys and the like getting wasted on alcohol without drinking. This is also the horrible secret of many an alcoholic that have so damaged their esophagus’s that they can no longer ingest alcohol by drinking it; therefore resorting to variations of butt-chugging, such as the not so highfalutin wine enema. I was shocked however, by a trend reported on the UK’s Mail Online last year about pouring straight alcohol directly into their eye sockets, for a super quick buzz. At first, I thought it was a joke (and I hope it is at least overblown), but there are plenty of articles circulating the web that not only was it a fad in Britain, but has apparently crossed the pond and is now happening here, as reported by this story from a Kentucky Fox News affilate in January of this year.
The dangers of butt-chugging, include alcohol poisoning, as the liquid is so quickly absorbed by the body’s nether regions and tissue damage, especially to women who opt for soaking their tampons in hooch. But the dangers of Vodka Eyeballing are even worse and include irreversible cornea damage as well as the risk of blindness. One doctor compared the practice to pouring bleach in one’s eye. So while I certainly don’t condone underage or irresponsible drinking of any kind; Kids, if you must get your groove on… for God’s sake - please just drink it.