From the October 1974 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Medicine-Cabinet Menaces

Mouthwash, it seems, would be more appropriately kept in a bar than in the medicine chest. Dr. Sidney H. Schnoll, professor of pharmacology in psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, and medical director of HELP, [said,] "A great many mouthwashes contain huge quantities of alcohol--14 to 35% in many cases. And if you translate this to 'proof,' that's 28 to 70 proof--far larger than you'd find in an average wine, and sometimes as much as in a blended whiskey."

If an alcoholic or a recovered alcoholic should swallow some of the mouthwash, he or she may once again get back on the use of alcohol--and frequently does, said Dr. Schnoll. "And if the alcoholic is on Antabuse, this inadvertent swallowing could cause a definite morbidity, and possibly lead to hospitalization."

-- Jean McCann

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