CDC Warns of Lethal Racing Fuel-Soft Drink Mixture

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June 10, 2016 -- Some teens are putting their lives at risk by drinking a mixture of racing fuel and soft drinks to get drunk, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.


A new CDC report describes the deaths of two 16-year-old boys in Tennessee who died after drinking the mixture at a party, and two other teens who also drank the concoction but survived, CBS News reported.


They drank racing fuel mixed with Mountain Dew to make what is called Dewshine, according to the Tennessee Poison Center, which first investigated the deaths in January.


Racing fuel is nearly 100 percent methanol, and as little as 1 tablespoon of methanol can be deadly, CBS News reported.


These are the first reported deaths in the U.S. caused by a racing fuel/soft drink mixture.

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