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Drinking game dangers
Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 41, Issue 4
A leading eye surgeon warns that “vodka eyeballing”, a dangerous drinking game recently featured on a BBC documentary, can lead to permanent eye damage and even complete loss of sight. The game involves pouring neat vodka onto the eyeball from the bottle in a bid to get drunk very quickly and has become popular amongst students. Shafiq Rehman, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and Yorkshire Eye Hospital, confirms that whilst vodka cannot enter the eye in great enough amounts to affect the speed of alcohol absorption, it can indeed strip away the protective membrane covering the eye causing serious pain with catastrophic consequences for the cornea, the eye’s surface and vision itself.
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