KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A University of Tennessee student denies "butt-chugging" wine, but bloodstains, his injuries and eyewitness accounts tell a different story, UT records released Friday show.
The members of fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha apparently chugged the wine -- through one orifice or another -- as part of a "blackout party," with one member posting pictures to Twitter, and tried to destroy evidence afterward, according to a UT police report.
Alexander P. Broughton, 20, of Memphis was treated for severe alcohol poisoning Saturday after he arrived at the University of Tennesee Medical Center unconscious with a blood-alcohol level of nearly 0.45, according to police, a potentially deadly concentration more than five times the legal limit.
Knoxville and UT officers reported finding empty bags from wine boxes and passed-out students at the Pi Kappa Alpha house, where at least one member told investigators they’d been "butt-chugging" wine, according to records.
Butt-chugging -- a term that's made the round of headlines, newscasts and jokes this week -- refers to the practice of using alcohol enemas to get drunk faster.
Broughton told police he'd drunk four to six beers before getting to the Pike house and then drank half of a half-full 5-liter box of cheap red Franzia wine, according to UT police records.
Broughton "does not remember anything else until he woke up in the hospital," UT police Lt. Dana McReynolds wrote in a report.
"Mr. Broughton stated that according to his fraternity brothers he finished off (the box) and won the game," McReynolds said.
He tried to explain bloodstains found throughout the Pike house as the result of a fight, according to a report, but officials said Broughton's injuries indicate otherwise.
The Pi Kappa Alpha national office in Memphis has suspended the local Zeta Chapter for 30 days pending the outcome of its investigation. UT has indefinitely suspended the Zeta Chapter.
Officers cited 12 Pike members on charges of underage drinking.
Broughton has since recovered and returned to classes. His family says they dispute police accounts but haven't given specifics.