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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dangers of Alcohol Inhaling

College students are constantly finding new ways to get intoxicated. Many students are experimenting with inhaling alcohol. The dangerous new method involves pouring alcohol over dry ice and “smoking” the vapors, according to an expert.

The method allows young adults to get high without ingesting alcohol and all the calories that come with normal consumption, the Daily News reports.

“When you inhale alcohol, it goes directly into the lungs and circumnavigates the liver. The liver is what metabolizes alcohol, but when you inhale it, it goes directly from the lungs to the brain,” according to Dr. Harris Stratyner, Regional Clinical Vice President of Caron Treatment Centers in New York.

Experts believe that the new method is more likely to lead to deadly alcohol poisoning than consuming alcohol regularly, Stratyner said. On top of the risk of alcohol poisoning, inhaling alcohol dries out the nasal passage and mouth, which can lead to infection, he added.

“One of the things that prevents alcohol poisoning is that you usually vomit,” he noted. “When you circumvent the stomach and go straight to the lungs, you don’t have that ability.”

The new problem has gained a lot of steam in the past year and a half, Stratyner said.

“This is a stupid, highly dangerous thing to do. The fact that youngsters in particular can purchase the equipment for a relatively cheap price…this has to be made illegal.”
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