Prison bans hand gel inmates used to get drunk

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An alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gel has been banned from a British prison after inmates began drinking it to get intoxicated.

The Verne Prison in Portland, southwest England, provided the anti-bacterial gel to help fight the spread of swine flu and other diseases. However, instead of rubbing it into their hands, inmates have been placing their mouths over the hand pumps and consuming it.

Others mixed the substance with fruit, water and sugar to create an alcoholic cocktail called “hooch”.

Hand-sanitizing gels normally contain 60% ethyl alcohol. That’s 124 proof!

All the dispensers were quickly removed.