Question: Hi there! I was wondering if you could get drunk drinking mouthwash.
This is a great question. Yes, you can get drunk on mouthwash, but there can be serious risk of drinking mouthwash, these could be organ failure or death. The alcohol contained in mouthwash is denatured, meaning it has been doctored with chemicals to make it taste bad. Drinking this type of alcohol can have serious side effects, including:
- Organ failure
- Alcohol poisoning
- Death, in extreme cases
Other ingredients in mouthwash may also cause harm to the body. These include:
- Hydrogen peroxide
If you or someone you know is drinking mouthwash to get drunk, you can find help for them. Please let an adult know and seek help through a counselor. Here are some ways you can find a counselor in your area:
- School Counselor
- Tribal Clinic – Mental Health Services
- Mental Health America has a zip code locator to help you find clinics near you. If you don’t want to use your parents insurance, because they will be notified, ask about their sliding scale services for a low-cost option. They also have a Crisis hotline you can call: 1-800-273-TALK.