Doctors say smoking alcohol is just as dangerous
7 Healthcast: Doctors say smoking alcohol is just as dangerous
Teens are turning to a dangerous new trend to get drunk: smoking alcohol.
It's such a concern prevention experts are going into schools to warn kids it could kill them.
"It immediately gets into the blood stream and from the blood stream goes to the brain. So it does happen very very quickly,” Dr. Timothy Daugherty said.
With how to smoke alcohol videos on the web; the word is getting around quickly.
"There's not studies. We don't know what the long terms affects on this and that's the scary part," Daugherty said.
Some think inhaling alcoholic vapors will avoid a DUI charge.
"The way that you got drunk is inhaling it. The way that you will get caught by a DUI is by exhaling it,” Daugherty said.
Others think they can avoid the calories.
"If you inhale the vapors or if I stick a line in you and give you alcohol through your vein you're still going to get the calories,” Daugherty said.
The concept of smoking alcohol is not widespread yet but that doesn’t mean knowledge of it isn’t spreading.
"Out of a small study that we did with 50 students total only four were actually aware of it,” injury prevention specialist Syndi Bultman said.
Bultman and others are not taking any chances and warning kids about the danger.
"When they're smoking the alcohol it's not hitting their digestive system so they're not getting an early warning sign that says you had too much,” Bultman said.
Doctors like Daugherty want to stop the trend before it gets out of hand.
"So far we haven't had people volunteering that's how they got intoxicated but we certainly have our share of teens and young adults coming in intoxicated,” he said.
Smoking alcohol doesn't require a flame, but doctors say inhaling the alcoholic vapors can be deadly.