Mythbusting booze: Absorbing alcohol through feet?!?

Yeah — I didn’t think this was a belief that anyone held either. But apparently it’s Danish urban folklore that you can become drunk by submerging your feet in an...

Yeah — I didn’t think this was a belief that anyone held either. But apparently it’s Danish urban folklore that you can become drunk by submerging your feet in an alcoholic beverage. At least, that’s what three Danish researchers say in the British Medical Journal.

These three guys decided, in the spirit of early science, to test the putative myth on themselves.

They sat with their feet in a laundry tub full of vodka for three hours and measured their blood-alcohol levels every three hours.

Unsurprisingly, they found that there were no significant changes in blood alcohol levels and they provide the following sober conclusion.

Our results suggest that the transcutaneous intake of alcohol (vodka, 37.5% by volume) through feet is not possible. We therefore conclude that the Danish urban myth about being able to get drunk by submerging feet in strong alcoholic beverages is just that; a myth.

ResearchBlogging.org Christian Stevns Hansen, Louise Holmsgaard Færch, Peter Lommer Kristensen (2010). Testing the validity of the Danish urban myth that alcohol can be absorbed through feet: open labelled self experimental study The British Medical Journal : 10.1136/bmj.c6812