Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tennessee fraternity suspended after alcohol enemas. From CNN.

The University of Tennessee says it has suspended a fraternity chapter indefinitely and may refocus its alcohol education programs after police said a student was hospitalized following a weekend incident involving alcohol enemas.

Twelve Tennessee students were cited with underage drinking and one with disorderly conduct following the incident early Saturday at a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter house, according to a university spokeswoman.

"Shock would not be an (overstatement)," Tim Rogers, vice chancellor of student life, told reporters Wednesday. "I myself had never heard of what has been alleged."
Knoxville police say they began investigating after a student was taken to the UT Medical Center in critical condition early Saturday with a blood alcohol level of 0.40 -- five times the legal cutoff for driving.

"Upon extensive questioning, it is believed that members of the fraternity were using rubber tubing inserted into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol as the abundance of capillaries and blood vessels present greatly heightens the level and speed of the alcohol entering the bloodstream as it bypasses the filtering by the liver," Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Monday in a statement.



  1. I did not partake of this in college, but I knew some fellows who did. They got drunk as shit on about 4 oz of vodka in 10 minutes time. It's cheaper and quicker, if you are, uh, willing to use that particular method.

    Love that graphic.

  2. Harper's magazine once did (in their "Readings" section) a rundown* of past hazing abuses from 1905 to the early 1990s. Plebes were forced to drag a tombstone around a track (1980s), there was a class brawl at Columbia in 1905 between the freshmen and the sophmores in violation of an anti-hazing rule; the school's president and a dean walked by and didn't stop it. The one incident that sticks with me happened in the 1940s; a pledge was covered in lamp black and given electrical shocks. The lamp black ignited and the student died.


    * The piece was titled "Ivied halls, rooftop falls" and appeared in the November 1995 issue. If you are a Harper's subscriber, you can read it.

  3. Oh, yuck. Yep, I'm sure that'll impress the girls, all right.

  4. At least for the near future, the PKA brothers in Knoxville will be heard in many a bar saying, "Bartender! I'll take my bourbon straight!"

  5. Great. Thanks to these morons, beverage makers will have to put a warning label on bottles.

  6. It's a classic suicide method. Well, I run with recovering alcoholics, so when I say "classic"... I know someone who tried to kill himself that way, failed, came-to in a church and was so freaked out, he got clean.

  7. Ok, first: Facepalm!

    Second: Insert 'Deliverance' joke here.

    But the best part of the CNN story is the links:

    "Experts: Alcohol enemas 'extremely dangerous'"
    In other news: Frat boys 'extremely dumb'

    "Is underage drinking ever OK?"
    Only when you do it orally.

    "Underage drinking: Talking to your teen about alcohol"
    Dad: Now son, I need to talk to you about something.
    Kid: The birds and the bees?
    Dad: No son, bum shots.


  8. Does this even count as underage drinking?

    Back in the 60s, I had some friends who were fond of peyote. It's a good high--"clarity" captures it best--but peyote buds are absolutely, nauseatingly, god-awful bitter. After you've tasted just a little, it's nearly impossible to swallow more.

    You've already guessed their solution.

  9. Sorry, but someone has to say it: With friends like these, who needs enemas?

  10. I've heard of eyeballing shots to get drunk quickly (which, ew!) but this is even worse... don't they have anything to DO?

  11. The lead singer in a great local gonzo band used to snort shots of tequila through his nose. Need I advise you all not to try it?


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