This is simply bizarre! A craze that started in the UK has made its way across the pond. Vodka eyeballing is what the partiers are raving about these days! For more on this new trend continue reading below the photo, with a video as well.
The theory is that if you pour the alcohol into the eyes, it passes through the membrane and enters the bloodstream quicker, making the effects immediate. Many are very skeptical about it, and even more are worried that the younger generations will end up with more serious problems.
Those college students, or other reckless people, who are a part of the vodka eyeballing craze simply claim it gets them drunk quicker. It is obviously popular with the amount of stories, YouTube videos and even Facebook groups, but some doubt the validity and I think everyone sees the health risks.
Most people who decide this is a good idea are probably already buzzed at the very least. Wouldn’t you have to be to think this is a good idea?! And though it may get into the blood quickly, the eye doesn’t have the right “equipment,” like the GI tract does, which can cause major issues.
“In the past, vodka has been used as a disinfectant,” Professor Robin Touquet of St. Mary’s Hospital told the UK’s Daily Mail. “At 40% proof, imagine what it can do to an area as sensitive as the eye? It is highly toxic.”
He also continued that:
“Vodka in the eye would create inflammation and thrombosis – clotting of the blood vessels — such that very little alcohol would be absorbed. Unlike the stomach, the eye does not have a gastro-intestinal lining to protect it and aid absorption.”
So basically he states that it doesn’t in fact heighten the effectiveness, but simply ruins your vision. Okay, now most drinking games and party tactics aren’t known for their sensibility, but this one to me is just absurd! One specific college student may already be dealing with permanent affects, as her left eye continually waters and doctors say her eyesight will probably continue to worsen.
If you want to try vodka eyeballing to test it out yourself, go ahead, and let me know what you think. Or you can take Prof. Touquet at his word. And if that doesn’t work, take a look at this video as extra proof!