Did you know that Listerine – the mouthwash that “kills germs and freshens breath” – actually contains more alcohol (approximately 26.9 percent) than wine, beer, and even certain liquors? It is the high alcohol content that has led many struggling with alcohol abuse to take to drinking mouthwash to get high.
Why Would You Be Drinking Mouthwash?
If the thought of downing a shot of Listerine does not appeal to you – you are not alone. However, nearly ten to fifteen percent of individuals seeking alcohol detox treatment reported using mouthwash in their consumption according to the National Association of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Many struggling with alcohol abuse and alcoholism suggest that drinking mouthwash is more of a convenience. And it is easier to conceal than drinking an alcoholic beverage. Accessibility to mouthwash in the home makes it possible to get a drink every time the individual goes to the bathroom – and the minty smell makes it easy to conceal. Another convenience is that an individual can purchase mouthwash any hour of the day and any day of the week, without restrictions. While an individual may have a difficult time purchasing wine or beer if they are intoxicated, they will likely be able to purchase mouthwash in any capacity. Additionally, the cost of the mouthwash is much less costly than purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Mouthwash Was Not Meant To Be Ingested
There is at least one known case in which drinking mouthwash has led to organ failure. In an autopsy performed at the Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Medical Center; the deceased was found to have no other substance in the body except mouthwash. This was a contributing factor in organ failure and death. In their findings, the doctors concluded that the other mouthwash compounds, not necessarily the alcohol, led to the death of the individual. The bottom line is that mouthwash was not meant to be ingested and drinking it can kill you.
Stumbling Block in Alcohol Recovery
As with other solutions that contain alcohol, be it beverages, mouthwash or even hand sanitizer. Consuming large amounts of alcohol can lead to certain types of cancer. Especially of the mouth, esophagus, as well as other organs. For individuals in recovery using mouthwash that contains alcohol can lead to relapse. It is a good idea to switch to a brand that does not include alcohol to reduce the temptation.
Alcohol Detox Treatment at Gallus Detox Centers
Although it does not mean that the person is an alcoholic. To drink mouthwash to get high or to get drunk is a warning sign. The person may have an alcohol abuse issue. Seeking an alcohol detox program to remove the toxins from alcohol abuse from the body is a positive step toward recovery. Following-up detox treatment with an alcohol rehab program can help the individual address their reasons for alcohol abuse. Are you struggling with alcohol abuse? Do you drink mouthwash to get drunk? Take the first step toward recovery and call Gallus Detox Center today at 888.228.9114.