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.