A surge in alcohol poisoning cases is related to an increasing rate of hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol consumption by alcoholics. Why would those who suffer from an alcohol addiction turn to these items? And what can be done to help anyone who does? Why Would Anyone Drink These Items? People who drink either rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer are desperate for an intake of alcohol. Hand sanitizer uses a very potent and concentrated form of alcohol that can cause very quick onset of alcohol poisoning symptoms.