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Minty Fresh, Kills Germs, Gets you Drunk

  • anonymous Asks ...
    anonymous

    How bad is it if someone drinks Listerine. Like a lot of Listerine. My brother drank like 2 big bottles of Listerine last weekend because there was no alcohol at the cottage and there was supposed to be. He snuck it but he smelled very super minty and I couldn’t find the 2 big bottles that I had just bought at price club. I think he is probably an alcoholic.

  • Jim LaPierre Says ...
    Jim LaPierre

    It seems you have good reason to be concerned. Drinking mouth wash in large amounts can get one intoxicated and I'd consider it a huge red flag for alcoholism. The other issue of concern is that drinking a substance like that is going to do a number on his GI system in a hurry. I'd strongly encourage you to share your concern and offer support. I suggest steering clear of anything confrontational or shaming - rather simply state your concern and offer to support his efforts to be healthier and see where the discussion goes. I commend you for caring and wish you good luck!

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