|June 25, 2013||Filled under Blog|
NBC is reporting on a “new” trend amongst kids – smoking alcohol instead of drinking it. The alarm is, in large part, brought on by instructional videos on YouTube. While this has actually been around for many years, coverage in main stream media would indicate that there is at least some potential that this is the beginning of a longer-term trend.
- Smoking alcohol is MORE dangerous thank drinking it. Alcohol goes straight from the mouth to the lungs to the brain, with no stomach or liver in between slowing things down.
- Drinking too much alcohol can lead to vomiting, the body’s natural response to over-consumption. Smoking alcohol does not have the same biological safeguards.
- All of the myths, that it is safer and undetectable, are all not true.
While the NBC story focuses on children, I think there is an equal or greater risk amongst people who are already addicted or dependent and are looking for a new way to consume alcohol. Inhaled alcohol is more potent, more quickly, than alcohol that is consumed the standard way. If the trend continues, this could lead to higher, and more damaging, levels of addiction.
This is an trend worth keeping an eye on – hopefully it fizzles out before really taking hold.