Some people believe that soaking a tampon in vodka and inserting it into the vagina or rectum is a faster route to intoxication. This method of alcohol consumption is dangerous and can increase a person’s risk of alcohol poisoning and other complications.
Various anecdotal reports and media stories refer to people inserting vodka-soaked tampons into the vagina or rectum.
Several stories in the media have suggested that the practice, which people refer to as “slimming,” is common among teenagers and young adults. However,
Some people believe this method of alcohol consumption leads to faster intoxication and other benefits, such as fewer hangover symptoms.
However, the practice of slimming may increase the likelihood of several health risks and can lead to severe complications.
This article looks at why people may insert vodka-soaked tampons, whether it works, and the risks involved. It also looks at signs of alcohol poisoning and alcohol enemas.
People may insert vodka-soaked tampons because
- provides faster intoxication
- provides fewer calories
- prevents vomiting and other symptoms of a hangover
- prevents the scent of alcohol on the breath
- avoids detection through a breathalyzer test
Many of the alleged benefits people associate with vodka-soaked tampons may not be accurate, however, and the practice may carry several health risks.
Can inserting vodka-soaked tampons help avoid breathalyzer detection?
A person may produce a positive result in a breathalyzer test after inserting a vodka-soaked tampon.
Breathalyzer tests help estimate how much alcohol is present in a person’s blood, rather than any remnants of alcohol in the mouth or stomach.
Additionally, alcohol does not reach the airways via inhalation but
Although the most absorbent tampons can only hold a maximum of about
A 2014 study found that vaginal alcohol consumption could produce feelings of drunkenness. Researchers theorize that nonoral routes of alcohol consumption, such as via tampons, may cause significant intoxication more quickly than usual.
This is because the alcohol enters the bloodstream without being metabolized in the liver, as it would if it traveled through the gastrointestinal tract.
However, while a person could technically get drunk by inserting a vodka-soaked tampon into the vagina or rectum, it is not likely that this method of alcohol consumption is popular.
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While technically possible to become drunk after inserting a vodka-soaked tampon, it is likely a myth that many people use this method of alcohol consumption. This may be due to several factors, such as:
- Practicality: Inserting a soaked tampon, which has become swollen and soggy, may be a difficult and unpleasant task.
- Perception of consequences: The 2016 study suggests that people were unlikely to use nonoral methods of alcohol because they believed it could lead to pain and health complications.
- Perception of approval: The study also found that people were unlikely to use alternative forms of alcohol because they felt others would disapprove.
Risks of vodka-soaked tampons include:
- increased likelihood of alcohol poisoning
- vaginal or rectal tissue damage
- pain in the vagina or rectum
- disruption of healthy bacteria in the vagina, which
can affectfertility and overall vaginal health
A dangerous potential complication of nonoral alcohol consumption is alcohol poisoning. When a person drinks more alcohol than their liver can process, they may vomit to expel excess toxins. This can help prevent alcohol poisoning.
However, when a person uses a nonoral method, such as inserting a vodka-soaked tampon, the alcohol does not travel through the gastrointestinal tract, and the liver does not metabolize it. A person cannot vomit out excess toxins and may be at greater risk of alcohol overdose.
Signs of alcohol poisoning include:
A person may choose to insert alcohol into the rectum with an enema bag or funnel. This can cause fast and significant intoxication, as the alcohol bypasses metabolization and reaches the bloodstream directly.
Alcohol enemas carry a severe risk of alcohol poisoning and other health problems and
Risks and side effects of alcohol enemas can include:
- gastrointestinal bleeding
- inflammation and irritation
- a frequent urge to pass stool
- erosion or death of the intestinal mucosa
- a painful burning sensation in the anus
Although inserting a vodka-soaked tampon into the vagina or rectum may cause intoxication, the method carries several health risks.
Due to the potential harmful complications of using vodka-soaked tampons, as well as the probable impracticality of the method, it is unlikely that many people consume alcohol in this way.
Consuming alcohol using nonoral methods, such as vodka-soaked tampons or alcohol enemas, can increase a person’s likelihood of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning may lead to severe complications and death.