(CBS/AP) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A fraternity at the University of Tennessee was suspended after police said a student was treated and released over the weekend for alcohol poisoning by using alcohol enemas, CBS affiliate WTVR reports.
Alexander Broughton, 20, arrived at the UT Medical center early Saturday. He was reportedly unresponsive and in critical condition with a blood alcohol level over .40, five times the legal limit.
The person who took Broughton to the hospital told police that their fraternity was pouring alcohol through rubber tubing into their rectums, WTVR reported. When police investigated the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house, they found three men passed out.
Since alcohol enemas allow the liquid to bypass the liver, more alcohol gets into the blood stream, according to WTVR. A friend of Broughton said that he didn't believe Broughton was being initiated or hazed since he was not a new student.
The university released a statement Tuesday saying that the fraternity has been suspended for 30 days, pending a decision regarding its permanent status by Pi Kappa Alpha International.