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Kids Are Now Dying From Drinking Racing Fuel To Get Drunk

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People, particularly those below the legal drinking age, have been trying to get fucked up in various ways with numerous different substances for years now. It’s just something that happens. Every now and then you’ll come across a story that’s something like “kids smoke grass clippings soaked in maple syrup in an attempt to simulate effects of crystal meth” or some shit. I can’t say I ever thought I’d be writing this, but apparently, kids are now mixing racing fuel with soda to get drunk.

Racing fuel is pretty much 100% methanol—a type of alcohol. So it probably will get you drunk. Unfortunately, it has a bunch of nasty side effect. Like what? Oh, I don’t know. Nothing serious. Just death.

Earlier this year, in Tennessee, two adolescents died after they made and drank a concoction known as “Dewshine,” which consists of Mountain Dew mixed with methanol. Mountain Dew was first made in Tennessee to mix with moonshine, so I guess that may have been where they got the idea. I don’t fucking know.

According to experts, a single tablespoon of methanol can kill you. It’s not known exactly how much the two kids who died drank, but I’d be willing to wager it was more than that. Two other individuals who were with them and survived stated that they’d consumed two ounces of Dewshine, so there’s really no telling how much methanol was actually consumed.

It’s a sad story, and unfortunately, a common one. There were 660 reports of intentional exposure to methanol between 2011 and 2014, of which 33 proved fatal. Aside from killing you, methanol can also make you vomit, have diarrhea, and experience seizures.

Do yourself a favor, guys. Stick to beer and regular liquor. I feel like I really shouldn’t have to say this, but don’t drink fucking racing fuel.

[via CBS News]

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