Plenty of college students get bit by the party bug and consume a few too many beers on any given night of the week, but after hearing about a 20-year-old student at the University of Tennessee who almost died after being given an alcohol enema at his fraternity house, it's evident that some kids are getting seriously out of control.
And if you're wondering exactly what an "alcohol enema" is, well -- it's exactly what it sounds like. Alexander Broughton was partying it up at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house when he literally had a rubber tube inserted into his rectum and was pumped full of booze. He was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious, and his blood alcohol level was over 0.4. And you know what's even more disgusting? Doctors at the hospital initially believed he'd been sexually assaulted -- that's how much this enema messed him up physically.
And apparently this practice is nothing new for today's frat daddies and is more commonly known as "butt chugging." OMG. Can you believe these young men willingly take part in such a thing? Supposedly it's all the rage because it allows the alcohol to enter into your bloodstream without being filtered by the liver, so you get totally plastered at a much faster rate.
This story is disturbing and disgusting no matter how you look at it, but as an alumna of the University of Tennessee who spent many a night partying on frat row at the Pi Kappa Alpha and other surrounding fraternity houses, I can't help but be even more saddened and disappointed.
Partying and having a good time are a pretty standard part of college life, and I'd be lying if I said I never once overindulged and got a little irresponsible with alcohol during my time at UT. But back when I was a student, the worst thing anyone ever did was funnel a few beers or partake in a keg stand or two. Never once did I hear of any fraternity members (or any students at all for that matter) taking part in something this strange and potentially life threatening.
And even though the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has been suspended after the incident, it doesn't necessarily mean that something like this won't happen again, either at UT or any other college campus across the country. College kids tend to think they're invincible, and that no harm can come as a result of having a good time. But unfortunately, Alex Broughton proved that joining in on the latest booze guzzling craze can have very frightening consequences. Binge drinking by college students obviously isn't going away -- and we can only hope that it doesn't get any scarier than this.
Had you ever heard of alcohol enemas before this?
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