Here’s something amazing: a homeopathic remedy that actually does something! It’s been well-established that homeopathy does absolutely nothing, and claims about its efficacy are overwhelmingly based on anecdotal evidence. However, this product definitely has an effect. It’s not the effect advertised on the label, but still…it’s apparently making some adventurous teens quite happy.
CVS might have stopped selling cigarettes, but you can still buy booze at the drugstore chain — without even getting carded. Just head over to the homeopathic medicine section and pick up some store-brand “constipation relief,” which just happens to be 40-proof.
In a piece for Slate on homeopathic medicine, chemist and blogger Yvette “Sci Babe” d’Entremont notes that this particular CVS product is 20% ethanol, meaning it contains more alcohol by volume than beer or wine.
My favorite quote from this story: “It doesn’t do what it claims to do and it got me drunk.” It’s the one time you actually want to get the shits, and it can’t even do that for you. So it’s just like any other homeopathic remedy…but with a secret bonus! I’m just curious why it’s 20% ethanol and not just 2-3 molecules of it like similar remedies. Because, you know, one molecule does just as much as a bajillion molecules. According to the anecdotal evidence, that is.