Purell Peril: Drinking Hand Sanitizer is no Way to Get Your Buzz on

Actually, it is. A 45-year-old had undergoing treatment for alcohol-related gastritis at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne drank six bottles of hand sanitiser.

Doctors at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne were stunned when they discovered the man had downed six bottles of hand sanitiser, giving him a blood alcohol reading of 0.271 per cent - the equivalent of drinking about 20 stubbies of beer.

The 45-year-old had been undergoing treatment for alcohol-related gastritis when he drank the 375ml bottles of sanitiser, which have an ethanol content of 66 per cent and are routinely used by medical staff to prevent infections spreading between patients.

No word on wheter he preferred the lemon lime variety.

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