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Is dry ice bad for you if put in a drink?

Asked by dingus108 (228points) September 28th, 2008 from iPhone

I was wondering if it would burn you like it does your fingers if held for too long. For example, putting the dry ice in a big bowl of punch.

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eambos's avatar

If it touches your skin, then yes, it will freeze the cells. If it is just in the punch, you are fine.

P.S. Dry Ice doesn’t burn you, it is so cold that it freezes the cells, instantly killing them.

Magnus's avatar

It would be harmless other than tasting awful.

fireside's avatar

Here are some Halloween dry ice ideas.

Check out the smoking punch bowl, that might be the way to go.

JackAdams's avatar

You can find some more information on dry ice, here.

Mr_M's avatar

If someone were to ingest it, what would happen?

marinelife's avatar

@JackAdams Nice link with useful information. I had missed that thread. Thanks.

@Mr_M See Eambos’ answer above or the link JA provided. It would not be pretty.

FiRE_MaN's avatar

no its not bad for you as long as you dont let it touch you. that would be somewhat difficult to do that without a straw.. and if you want all that stuff in your face..

PupnTaco's avatar

Swallow it and you will most likely burn a hole in your throat.

anthony81212's avatar

It would more likely freeze your entire esophagus, and when you impulsively sneeze or move around, your esophagus will shatter.
But anyway, think of dry ice in a drink as normal ice in a drink. It’s just very cold and cools the drink fast. Some of the drink also freeze onto the dry ice. Also, the “mist/smoke” created is pure CO2, so don’t breathe that.

Mr_M's avatar

If you ingest it, I can’t see how it would NOT be excruciatingly painful with instant death as it eats through your organs.

adri027's avatar

I accidentally swallowed a small piece of dry ice once, I thought I was going to die.

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