Drunk by Vapor? [AUDIO]
Parents of teens and young drinkers: you're being warned. A unique way to ingest alcohol is becoming the focus of countless videos on the Internet, but experts claim the approach is much more dangerous and not worth the consequences.
Instead of actually drinking the wine, beer or liquor, today's kids have found ways to inhale their drink of choice. They're heating the contents of the bottle, or putting them under high pressure using tools like a tire pump, and the released vapors are causing the buzz.
That buzz, though, can come much quicker and last much longer, and users may not realize they've inhaled too much until it's too late.
Steven Liga, executive director of the Middlesex County chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, said "vaping" alcohol bypasses the entire digestive system, meaning it goes directly from the lungs to the brain.
"Once you smoke it, it's much more powerful; it's much more direct," Liga said.
Regular consumption, meanwhile, at least gives one's body the chance to interject.
"Vomiting is your body's last-ditch effort to get rid of the alcohol because it's feeling the poison," said Liga, adding that isn't a real option when the alcohol is absorbed right into the bloodstream.