[UPDATE: 8/20, 12:00 a.m.] Turns out this story is fake. Apparently, you shouldn’t drink half a bottle of detergent a day after all.
Back in 2012, Zhang Yue took his first sip from a bottle of detergent. Since then, he’s been hooked on the stuff.
The now 31-year-old man from Chongqing says that he can’t get enough of the taste of dishwashing liquids and shampoos. For the last four years, he’s been downing half a bottle of detergent a day.
Despite his shockingly fresh breath, Zhang says that his addiction has driven away any potential girlfriends, though it has at least made him a local celebrity of sorts.
Xinhua reports that Zhang says that he has visited a number of hospitals to discuss his addiction. Surprisingly, the doctors have told them that he is in fine physical shape (though they do not recommend drinking detergent for their other patients). They say he might have pika, an eating disorder where people develop an unhealthy craving for eating things with little or no nutritional value — like light bulbs.
Apparently, detergent isn’t the way to a Chinese lady’s heart after all.
[Images via CCTV News]