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Alcohol enemas: A new, dangerous way to party?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Before an unruly Tennessee party ended with a student hospitalized for a dangerously high blood alcohol level, most people had probably never heard of alcohol enemas.
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West Van police said a specific Facebook site - which had members from across Canada and worldwide - issued drinking challenges, encouraging members to drink a lot of alcohol in a short space of time, then submit video clips of the result. Police said the drinking games posed a huge risk of alcohol poisoning, as well as the risk of leaving teens incapacitated by booze.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Before an unruly Tennessee party ended with a student hospitalized for a dangerously high blood alcohol level, most people had probably never heard of alcohol enemas.

Thanks to the drunken exploits of a fraternity at the University of Tennessee, the bizarre way of getting drunk is giving parents, administrators and health care workers a new fear.

When 20-year-old Alexander “Xander” Broughton was delivered to the hospital after midnight on Sept. 22, his blood alcohol level was nearly six times the intoxication that defines drunken driving in the state.

Broughton denied participating in an alcohol enema, but police concluded otherwise from evidence they found at the frat house, including boxes of Franzia Sunset Blush wine.

The university has shuttered the fraternity until at least 2015.