Question by  Angelica (11)

What are the risks of using plastic straws in hot drinks?

I'm not worried about burning the roof of my mouth, I'm worried about what may happen to the straw because of the heat.


Answer by  nickl2000 (540)

If the drink is hot enough it could melt the straw. Then you could inhale molten plastic which could be bad for your lungs. Otherwise there could be BPA given from the melting plastic


Answer by  jheremans (1446)

There is a risk of carcinogenic toxins entering your system if you use a straw with your hot drink unless you have a full plastic straw which does not melt, since plastic contains carcinogenic substances.


Answer by  rube26105 (379)

I dont see any danger in it, im no rocket scientist or anything, but ive been using straws all my life


Answer by  Ava (192)

I like to drink coffee while I'm driving, and using a straw allows me never to take my eyes off the road. I learned this from friends in law enforcement.


Answer by  Anita27 (656)

Like all plastic products, plastic straws contain chemicals. When heated, some of the chemicals are released into your drink which you will then injest. However, the chemicals are not highly concentrated enough to harm you.


Answer by  Rose (6804)

Drinking hot drinks through a straw can result in your mouth, tonsils and esophagus being burned. You also risk your tongue being burned as well.

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Answer by  Anonymous

there are dedicated straws for hot liquids- the presumption is that plastic is used that will tolerate higher temperatures


Answer by  cmm (57)

There is a possibility of sipping a drink that is too hot, and then spraying it all over when I react to the burn. That could cause further burns, clothing stains, and embarrassment.


Answer by  Anonymous

A simple Google search turns up this: Hot Straw [dot] com


Answer by  Anonymous

prior to anaerobic exercise i used a plastic straw to stir a hot mocha. i then vommited (b4 n after shower) noticing what seemed like milk skin. i used hot water and realised i had drank melted plastic. - probz got brain damage cuz im feelin' kinda lame. awesome.

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