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Monday, March 12, 2012

Girl who can't stop drinking GASOLINE: 'Even though it hurts me, it makes me feel good'

If smelling gasoline weren't a health hazard enough, meet the girl who drinks it.

Lifting a red gas canister before the cameras, a girl named Shannon demonstrates her claimed addiction of drinking gasoline for TLC'S television program My Strange Addiction.

'It tingles at first and then it, it burns the back of my throat,' Shannon says describing her toxic habit which reaches up to 12 teaspoons a day.

'Even though it hurts me, it makes me feel good,' she says, of either licking the cap or drinking it straight out of the canister which she says is her favorite way.

Her mother says she at first didn't believe it when she heard but then she smelt the undeniable smell of the substance on her daughter's breath

'I take the cap off and I breathe in the fumes that come forcing out of the can,' Shannon says, demonstrating her behavior.

TLC approximates that she has consumed over five gallons in the last year alone.

p/s: 'Drinking gasoline can cause burns, vomiting, diarrhea and, in very large amounts, drowsiness or death,' the New York State Department of Health writes. For those reason, 'it is toxic,' they explain.


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