Shooting vodka not a quick enough path to drunkenness for you? Try shooting it through your eye. “Vodka eyeballing,” which the Daily Mail claims is the latest trend to sweep Britain’s universities, supposedly gives an instant high, although some wonder if “eyeballers” are already so drunk they convince themselves of a nonexistent effect. One former practitioner now has a constantly weepy, scarred eye and worsening eyesight as a result of the risky practice, she tells the Mail.
The paper claims the trend began in the good old US of A, with nightclub waiters eyeballing for tips. Examples of the bizarre practice are readily available on YouTube, and there are even “fan” pages for it on Facebook. In Scotland, people are eyeballing cinnamon schnapps…which sounds too painful to contemplate, and the now-scarred former eyeballer confirms: “It was really painful. But bearing the pain is part of the competitiveness.”