Low calorie drinking trend could be deadly
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MILWAUKEE - A deadly way of getting drunk is making a comeback. Smoking alcohol is a way of drinking without the calories.
But this low-cal trend is also the most dangerous way to get drunk. And now there's a push to educate parents and teens about this potentially deadly way of drinking.
For those who love to drink but are watching their weight, smoking alcohol is the "in thing" in some bars in cities like L.A. and Chicago.
But with YouTube video after YouTube video giving step-by-step instruction on how to vaporize and inhale booze, more and more teens are trying this at home. But emergency room doctor Ryan Murphy insists the risks outweigh any potential weight loss benefits.
Emergency room doctor Ryan Murphy insists the risks outweigh any potential weight loss benefits.
"Smoking alcohol was something that was popular about 10 years ago it was a very short-lived fad and kind of went sway and now we are seeing the re-emergence of it,” Dr. Murphy said.
Chris Wardlow is a drug and alcohol abuse prevention specialist who works with teens. He is concerned about the fad says teens are already at risk from dying from alcohol poisoning, he insists this method can be deadly.
The trend inspired devices like the Vaportini, sold online for about $35 with everything you need to smoke alcohol, except the booze.
TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to the maker of the Vaportini. Our e-mails were not returned.
But the company's website defends smoking alcohol.
"This has the advantage of no calories; no carbs, no impurities. Unlike traditional consumption of spirits, Vaportinis give more control, shortly after exhaling all of the effects of the alcohol consumed are felt," they said.
Dr. Murphy insists the immediate effects are one of the biggest risks associated with smoking alcohol.
"The body's defense mechanism if you drank too much is you get sick and you vomit and the alcohol comes back out,” Dr. Murphy said. “However if you are breathing the alcohol in you don't really have that safety mechanism."
Wardlow says this trend has been flying under the radar among adults but teens usually know about fads well before their parents do.
"I’m concerned that pretty soon we are going to start seeing maybe some warnings from public health officials about the lethality of something like this,” Wardlow said.
So while vaporizing booze might be gaining popularity, it's a risk health experts say is not worth taking.