Buttchugging: It’s a Tennessee Thing
Here’s a story that just hasn’t gotten enough national attention. In the last week, whether we’ve wanted to or not, we’ve been introduced to the term “buttchugging.” Apparently, it’s all the rage in Tennessee – and probably Tuscaloosa.
Before watching the above video (and take it from me, it’s pure gold) let me give you some background. The Pike fraternity at the University of Tennessee and local police are at odds over a report filed by an officer that alleges fraternity members engaged in what is now referred to as “buttchugging.”
What does this new term mean?
According to the police report, it’s “(inserting) rubber tubing into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol.”
Here’s how a report from CNN characterizes the act:
An alcohol enema involves placing a small tube into the rectum and pouring alcohol into the colon. Because the alcohol is then absorbed directly into the bloodstream, the recipient gets drunk faster.
Human stomachs and livers have an enzyme known as alcohol dehydrogenase that breaks down ethanol to make it less toxic for our bodies, said Atlanta gastroenterologist Dr. Preston Stewart. The lower gastrointestinal tract doesn’t have that enzyme, so alcohol molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lining of the colon.
Eventually the alcohol would still make its way to the liver, Stewart said, but the high alcohol content would overwhelm the organ. “It’s extremely dangerous.”
Now here’s the rub. Alexander Broughton, 20, though admitting to reporters that he made a “bad choice” drinking last month, denies ever making such comments to police.
Broughton was hospitalized September 21 with a blood alcohol level well over 0.40 — five times the legal limit for driving — according to Knoxville police.
At a press conference on Tuesday, through his lawyer, Daniel F. McGehee, Broughton strongly denied the allegations and plan to sue “whoever violated his HIPAA rights and his constitutional rights, and the list is as long as your arm.”
Take a minute and watch the video from yesterday’s press conference. There’s just something hilarious about a 70-ish year-old man repeatedly saying buttchugging. But the best part is watching the seriousness of the fraternity members standing behind him.
How they kept from laughing is beyond me.