The Dangers of Boofing Drugs

The Dangers of Boofing Drugs
Updated April 2020

For some people, getting high off of a drug couldn’t happen fast enough.

When they refuse to get help with an IOP or PHP, their addiction only gets worse and they become desperate. They do not just want it; they need it, and they need it now. Because of this mentality, an addict may go to extreme lengths to get that high as quickly as possible. This may mean finding a more potent drug, or it could mean experimenting with some unusual forms of administration; this is where boofing can step in.

What Is Boofing Drugs?

Boofing drugs, sometimes also referred to as plugging drugs, is the process of inserting drugs or alcohol into your anus in order to get a more immediate high. Because your anal cavity has a high number of blood vessels and a thinner surface layer, substances inserted into this area are absorbed at a faster rate than with oral consumption. People can boof a number of different drugs, including cocaine, MDMA, and alcohol, but there are several dangers of boofing drugs – it could even be fatal.

Other Forms of Boofing

When boofing specifically involves alcohol, it is often referred to as butt chugging or an alcohol enema. Butt chugging is when someone ingests alcohol through their rectum to feel stronger and faster effects as the alcohol bypasses the normal digestive system. People will often use beer funnels or rubber tubbing to butt chug. Butt chugging has even made it to the big screen as John Cena’s character in Blockers competes in a butt chugging contest. Regardless of how popular this trend actually is, the dangers of butt chugging are serious and could be life-threatening.

Similar to using a funnel, some people have started boofing drugs through the booty bump method, specifically for meth. This means of administration involves mixing the drug with water and then using the syringe without a needle to squirt the drug into the rectum. While booty bumping may help users avoid the dangers of IV drug use, it still comes with its own risks.

Similar to drug boofing and butt chugging is the use of vodka tampons. Some people believe that this route of intoxication is only a myth,1 but the idea is that men and women will soak tampons in alcohol like vodka before inserting these tampons into the vagina or anal cavity. Like with drug boofing or butt chugging, vodka tampons are able to bypass the digestive system and lead to a more immediate and intense high.

Inserting substances into the anal cavity may not be limited to drugs and alcohol either. On My Strange Addiction, one couple, Trina and Mike from St. Petersburg, admitted to having an addiction to coffee enemas. Coffee enemas are an alternative type of colon cleanser some people believe can have many healing and detoxing benefits for the body, but research has yet to prove these claims.2

Although there are some instances of boofing being referred to in relation to the transport of drugs in your rectum, anal intercourse, keeping a kayak afloat, and farting, boofing is most commonly associated with administering drugs or alcohol through the rectum.

How Boofing Drugs Works, How Long Boofing Takes to Work, & Why People are Trying It

The immediate draw to boofing drugs is its faster effect times. When you drink alcohol or take a pill, the substances need to be digested and broken down before you will start to feel the effects. It takes about 45 to 90 minutes to feel the greatest effects of alcohol with normal drinking3; after orally ingesting an ecstasy pill, users will only start to experience effects anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes later.4 While intravenous injection can also lead to a faster high as well, this route of administration can be intimidating, dangerous, and leave noticeable marks behind like needle tracks.

Boofing drugs works by also skipping the digestive track and is less scary than inserting a needle into a vein. Because the anal cavity has a large number of capillaries and a thin surface layer, the substance is more easily absorbed into the body and distributed through the blood vessels and the circulatory system. The effects of boofing drugs may be felt in as quickly as mere minutes after administration depending on the dosage and the user’s experience with the drug. How long the boofing high lasts will also largely depend on the specific drug, dosage, and body’s tolerance.

While it may seem harmless, there are several dangers of boofing drugs. Because of the fast rate of absorption, the effects of boofing drugs are also magnified and more intense. People should take smaller doses than normal for this reason, but unfortunately, many people may not realize this. The sad result is that many people will overdose from boofing and could die without immediate medical attention.

So, why are young adults starting to boof drugs? Some teenagers and young adults may simply be curious about boofing drugs, and these age groups tend to be the most open to experimenting with drugs. Even Brett Kavanaugh was found to have mentioned boofing in a yearbook quote. Young adults are also susceptible to peer pressure and could try it simply because their friends want them to. For the drug addict or alcoholic looking for a faster and more intense high, boofing drugs may be a viable means of administration. Especially if done on a more regular basis, the boofer may become used to this intense high and other means of drug administration may no longer be adequate in their eyes. Boofing drugs is also less scary than other forms of administration such as injection or snorting, but that may be because people are unaware of the harmful side effects of boofing.

Why Boofing Drugs Is Dangerous

Whether a drug addict is looking for a more intense high or a college student is trying it with his buddies, the side effects of boofing drugs are dangerous. While drug boofing may seem like just a wild and crazy trend, it isn’t as harmless as it may seem.

There are several serious dangers of boofing drugs including:

  • Damage to the rectum and intestines
  • Increased risk of STI
  • Greater risk of overdosing & alcohol poisoning

Damage to the Rectum & Intestines

Simply put, your rectum is not meant to handle these types of substances. The dangers of boofing drugs for your rectum and intestines may include bloody stool, a constant feeling of needing to go to the bathroom, the inability to control bowel movements, and tears in the rectal tissues or membranes. More serious problems can also occur such as the blocking of blood flow to part of the intestine, the unnatural death of cells, and in the severest cases, the need for a colostomy, a surgery used to divert part of the colon away from a damaged portion and instead, directing it to an artificial opening in the abdominal wall.5 For people who already have pre-existing conditions in this area, their problems are probably more serious and likely to get worse.

Increased Risk of STI

Boofing may increase the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection as the mucous membrane that can protect from STIs becomes damaged. Repeated cases of boofing drugs increase these chances.5

Greater Risk of Overdose & Alcohol Poisoning

Perhaps the greatest danger of boofing drugs comes with an increased risk of overdosing because the effects hit you much faster and harder than normal. Some people may be taking the normal dosage that they would use for oral administration without realizing that it is too much. Because boofing is relatively newer and hasn’t been extensively studied either, there are no well-defined dosages of drugs to avoid overdosing.5

With alcohol specifically, alcohol poisoning is a very real and scary possibility. Drinking normally allows you to consume alcohol over the course of several hours and be able to monitor how you are feeling. Chances are if you are boofing alcohol or butt chugging, you will do it in one go, and the effects will hit you all at once. By consuming alcohol through the rectum, you have also decreased your body’s ability to fight alcohol poisoning. Your anus does not have the enzymes to break down the alcohol, and you no longer have the ability to throw up the toxic substance to eliminate it from your body.

The exact number of boofing drug overdoses is largely unknown, but stories will pop up occasionally on the news. In 2012, one University of Tennessee fraternity member was in critical condition after what was believed to be a butt chugging incident.6 The fraternity was suspended, and many adults were shocked to hear about this new form of consuming alcohol. Another man from Texas made headlines when he died after a sherry enema.6 These news stories are few and far between, but some people may be wary of admitting that boofing led them to overdose. Unfortunately, with boofing making cameos in Hollywood, this dangerous trend is likely to stay.

Getting Help After a Boofing Overdose

The dangers of boofing drugs could be fatal. If you or someone you know has engaged in butt chugging or boofed alcohol and is showing signs of overdose, it is important to get immediate medical attention. This can be life-threatening so dial 911 or get to a hospital as quickly as possible. If your loved one has just started boofing alcohol, our alcohol addiction treatment in Florida could just save their life.

If you suspect that your loved one could be abusing drugs or alcohol, you should try to get them into our substance abuse treatment center in Pompano immediately. Do not wait until more serious health dangers arise or an addiction develops.

To learn more and to get your loved one the help they need, reach out to us at 888-280-4763.


  1. Snopes - Are Women Using Vodka Tampons to Get Drunk?
  2. Medical News Today - Would I benefit from a coffee enema?
  3. NCBI – Information About Alcohol
  4. NCBI – An In-Depth Qualitative Examination of the Ecstasy Experience: Results of a Focus Group with Ecstasy-Using College Student
  5. The American Journal of Psychiatry – Strange Routes of Administration for Substances of Abuse
  6. CNN – Tennessee fraternity suspended after alcohol enemas
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