By Steve Wiseman

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.

  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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