California Poison Control has reported cases of teens requiring medical attention in Los Angeles County for alcohol poisoning resulting from ingesting hand sanitizer since March 2012.
The liquid sanitizer, which contains 62 percent Ethanol, makes it a powerful 120 proof liquid. Highly concentrated alcohol can be distilled from even a small two ounce bottle of the sanitizer, through a process kids can find in cyberspace, says Cyrus Rangan, MD, a medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“It’s like drinking shots of hard liquor,” he says. (Source: http://www.chla.org/press-release/hand-sanitizer-can-pose-danger-children