Sherlock Holmes: The Case Of The Dangerous Drink

If you’ve seen the Sherlock Holmes sequel with Robert Downey Jr., you might remember the scene where Holmes shocks Dr. Watson by apparently drinking embalming fluid. And, frankly, I thought that sort of thing would not be good for you. So here (as a public service) I bring you the best medical reports available to answer the question: “Can you drink embalming fluid?”

According to WikiAnswers: “Yes, and breathing the fumes when working with it has been found to be a cause of cancer.” My research also found some people try inhaling or ingesting embalming fluid to get high, but again “there’s a very high risk of brain damage, seizures, coma, and death.” There are plenty of better ways to alter your consciousness besides embalming fluid. Like licking a toad, sitting near Willie Nelson or playing a Beatles‘ song backwards. As for Sherlock, well – may I suggest Robert Downey Jr. take him along to a 12-step meeting. It would be (in the words of Arthur Conan Doyle)… the 7% solution.

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One Comment

  1. Mike Kudzia says:

    Liked your collective conversation about this and loved the humor of it all. Hey, we need to ‘party’ together some time!!! 🙂 Good adult humor can be difficult sometimes but you guys hit it out of the park with your short, but sweet, conversation about embalming fluid. Loved it.

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