9/10 "girl drink" drinkers can't tell soap from soda
Alcopop, what have you wrought?
"A household cleaning product that researchers say looks and smells like a soft drink has been the cause of more than 100 accidental ingestions, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics in August and presented Sunday at a conference of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
From Jan. 1 to April 20, researchers found 104 records in the Texas Poison Center database of human ingestion of Fabuloso, manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive. Of these, 94 were unintentional and 2 were occupational exposures. The rest were either related to self-harm or not characterized as to cause. None caused serious harm.
Fabuloso is sold in purple, blue, yellow and green varieties, and packaged in one-liter, transparent plastic bottles that resemble soft drink containers.
The study’s authors say the most common reason for ingestion appeared to have been mistaking the product for a drink. More than 40 percent of the calls to the poison center involved ingestion by people over 12.
Three-quarters of those 20 or older who drank it accidentally were women; of those under 6 who drank it, three-quarters were boys. The authors write that Fabuloso “is a minor gastrointestinal irritant and unlikely to cause any major morbidity or mortality.”
The different colors have varying odors, all of them pleasantly fruity. “It doesn’t taste terrible,” said Dr. Marc E. Levsky, a co-author of the study and an assistant program director in the department of emergency medicine at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Tex. “It’s a detergent solution, and it tastes like soap.”[NYT]"
*The headline is a joke, the data presented herein are not mean to support the headline, which is independently truthy.