Small children may consume perfumed body sprays after mistaking them for soft drinks

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.757a (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:757
  1. David Moore, Registrar in accident and emergency,
  2. Rhian Gronow, Senior house officer in accident and emergency,
  3. Michael Mccabe, Consultant in accident and emergency
  1. Morriston Hospital, Swansea SA6 6NL

    EDITOR,—Cheap perfumes have long been misused as a source of alcohol. Generally they contain 70-80% alcohol by volume, which equates with being 120-140° proof. This high alcohol concentration is necessary because a non-toxic volatile agent is needed to deliver the scent. There have been …

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