What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Drano

Look, nobody here is going to judge you. There are a thousand different perfectly good reasons to want to drink drain cleaner. Maybe you're taking the post-holiday cleanse to the next level this year, or you suspect that it's delicious. Maybe you're just bored. In any case, it turns out that a tall, sweaty glass of Drano on a hot summer's day might be just what the doctor ordered, assuming that your doctor is a Bond villain or just doesn't like you very much.

Jokes aside, if you are, or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255.)

As you might suspect, the human anatomy has very little in common with the u-bend of a bathroom sink, and what's good for the PVC goose isn't good for the soft, fleshy gander. By way of example: one of the chief ingredients in Drano is a friendly little chemical called sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. Lye, as any self-respecting body disposal guy from a mob movie can tell you, is particularly good at breaking down organic materials. That's wonderful news if you want to beat up a wad of hair at the bottom of your drain, but less great if you get it in your little tummy.

Lye therein's the problem

For receipts, check out this story from 2011. As reported by CBS affiliate THV 11, about a man who accidentally drank Drano as a two year old. A few seconds later, the child's mouth and throat were burning. A few minutes after that, he was starting a three-year stay in the hospital. The scarring in his esophagus was so intense that he would require a special computer to mix liquid nutrients to feed him for the rest of his life.

But maybe you like the taste of lye and the feeling of your throat turning into a scene from a David Cronenberg movie. There are also other ingredients like bleach, which is both poisonous and not particularly yummy. Put it all together and you've got a culinary experience that'll have you saying "please call 911."