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In 2003 and 2004, a popular trend was to "smoke" your alcohol to get drunk or use "AWOL" (Alcohol Without Liquid), a device that was eventually banned in the United States. This trend is re-emerging on college campuses as a way to get drunk.
Called “drunkorexia’” some teens see this as a way to limit their calories, while still enjoy the effects of alcohol. They believe that by vaporizing alcohol, they will not take in any calories. But in truth, there are still calories involved when you vaporize alcohol.
People have described that they experience the effects of the alcohol vapors almost immediately. However, the risks are significant and can be deadly. Those who smoke alcohol are more likely to overdose on alcohol and get “alcohol poisoning”. Normally, as people drink and become more intoxicated, they vomit -- the body's way of ridding itself from the excess alcohol that cannot be processed. It is the body's way of preventing an overdose. But, when alcohol bypasses the stomach and live r– as in “smoking” alcohol– and goes straight to the brain, there is no effective way to get rid of it. Once your brain has absorbed the ethanol, there is no way to expel it from your system.
Myth: Teens and adults think it can help them lose weight because they are not drinking.
Fact: Regardless you are consuming calories.
Myth: If I smoke my alcohol, it won't be on my breath and it's in my lungs, so I won't get a DUI.
Fact: It's in their lungs, so it's on their breath and in their blood stream. So you can get a DUI from it.
Myth: I'm not 21, but I'm not "drinking" alcohol, so it isn't illegal.
Fact: No matter how you consume alcohol it is illegal if you are under 21.
Some recent articles and information:
Smoking Alcohol: The Dangerous Way People Are Getting Drunk
From Time Magazine: To get drunk, people are getting creative. But a new form of drinking, known as “smoking” alcohol, has doctors concerned.
The Dangers of Smoking Alcohol
It seems that people are always trying to find new and innovative ways to get drunk. However, a re-emerging trend, referred to as “smoking” alcohol, which seems to have recently become popular not only among teens and college students, has health care providers quite concerned.
Dangerous Viral Trend Threatens Teens: "Smoking Alcohol"
It's the dangerous new way teens are getting drunk -- and it's going viral. Now doctors say it could be deadly.It's called "smoking alcohol." You don't drink the booze, you inhale it. Sounds bizarre, but those vapors give you an instant high.
News Video:Doctors Warn Against Smoking Alcohol
Breathing alcohol vapors gets you buzzed fast and some say you don't ingest empty calories. But one doctor says "smoking" alcohol is bad for your health.
"It's a Poison": Trend of Inhaling Alcohol Vapors Alarms Doctors
Instead of doing shots for a quick buzz, people are inhaling their liquor to get high while also curbing their calorie intake. But experts warn that inhaling alcohol vapors could be dangerous - even deadly.
The latest new way teen and college students are getting drunk. Check out the video clips in this article for more information.
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