At our center for drug and alcohol rehab in Greensboro NC, we think about racing fuel and remember the smell of a super speedway. We think about loud, rumbling cars, getting ready to race at top speeds. We think of NASCAR. Most don't, however, consider consuming racing fuel.
Unfortunately, a new trend among teens is drinking racing fuel mixed with the popular soft drink, Mountain Dew. Named "Dewshine" this toxic mixture has already caused two deaths in Tennessee recently.
"It's a mixture of Mountain Dew and then methanol in racing fuel," explained Donna Seger, medical director with the Vanderbilt University's Tennessee Poison Center. She also stated that "There's a little bit of methanol in the alcohol you drink, and that's said to cause the hangover. To drink straight methanol is really a recipe for disaster."
According to CBS News, two sixteen year old boys drank "Dewshine" at a party and died. There were two other teens that drank the mixture but did not die as a result. They were taken to the emergency room for immediate attention.
- Racing fuel is close to 100 percent methanol.
- Consumption of 1 teaspoon of methanol gas can be fatal.
- Teenagers assume this gas can be substituted for alcohol.
- Consuming methanol can cause blindness, seizures and nausea as well as, in some cases, sudden death.
The scary part of this incident is that the CDC has no idea how popular this toxic drink is among teens. Until now, there have been no reports of fatalities or other health problems directly related to "Dewshine" in the U.S.. The CDC is, however, taking precautions and also getting information out there for teens and parents so that they can become more aware of this deadly combination.
Oddly enough, there was a reported case in the Czech Republic in 2012 of close to 20 people that were killed and many more sickened suddenly. After an investigation, it was found that the deaths were caused by alcohol mixed with methanol. While the deaths and injuries have been ruled an accident, it's clear just how potent and dangerous this concoction can be.
If you, or someone you know, are drinking this mixture, please let someone know. While it's very unclear why some people die from drinking "Dewshine" and some only become seriously ill, it's important to understand that ingesting it at all is dangerous. Parents should talk with their teens about this problem. Teens should be talking to their peers. It should be a joint effort to raise awareness. The lethal drink is considered "trendy" among teens which means many of them will drink it without a second thought unless they know just how dangerous and fatal it can be.
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