“Smoking” Alcohol a Growing Trend Among Young People
It seems that teens are always looking for new ways to abuse alcohol. One of the latest involves using a bicycle pump to “smoke” it rather than drinking it. It’s a practice that has a lot of doctors concerned due to the potential for some severe health consequences.
The practice is popular for a number of reasons, one of which involves weight loss. Teens who are worried about the empty calories alcohol contains prefer this practice, as it allows them to enjoy the effects of liquor, while keeping their caloric intake relatively low. Those who are not concerned with weight loss may smoke alcohol to prevent the smell on their breath, or because it is new and exciting.
Doctors claim that people who smoke alcohol are more likely to develop alcohol poisoning, since they are not inclined to vomit. It’s also difficult for people to determine exactly how much alcohol they are consuming, since the amount left after it has vaporized remains in the bottle. They also caution that the vapor is harmful for the lungs and nasal passages, since alcohol in the lungs could turn back to liquid form, which is something that is associated with drowning.