KNOXVILLE, TN (WTVR) – A University of Tennessee student was hospitalized over the weekend after he arrived at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville with a blood alcohol level of .40, roughly five times the legal limit.
Police said his fraternity was using alcohol enemas. The fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, is based in Memphis and has since been suspended over the incident.
A local newspaper reported the person who took the man to the hospital told police their fraternity had been pouring alcohol through rubber tubing into their rectums.
When police investigated the PIKE house, they found three men passed out.
Since alcohol enemas allow the liquid to bypass the liver, more alcohol gets into the blood stream. It also makes it harder to detect whether someone’s been drinking because it can’t be smelled on the breath.
The incident is currently being investigated.