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Alcohol Vapor: Doctors Warn of Dangers
A company has created a way to consume alcohol by vapor through a device called the "Vaportini." It is being marketed as "the revolutionary new way to consume alcohol." The company claims it is a way to curb calories and avoid hangovers.
Austin resident, Ethan Diehel, says he would never buy the device and prefers the traditional way of drinking alcohol.
"You could probably find somebody at a gym that likes this sort of thing," Diehel said. "We're Texans, we drink beer and stuff, we don't drink vapor."
The device consists of a glass globe, straw, plastic funnel and a candle that is used to heat up the alcohol for five minutes. After heated, it creates a clear vapor intended to be inhaled.
Doctor Dan Mackay at St. David's Hospital in Round Rock said inhaling liquor can be dangerous and deadly.
"You go from no intoxication to who knows how much very rapidly," Dr. Mackay said. "The mode of inhaling it bypasses the digestive track, which does a lot of filtering and goes directly to the brain and hits the brain like a big rush."
Dr. Mackey said people should beware of alcohol poisoning and effects to the brain and lungs.
The company says alcohol consumed by "Vaportini" will be detected by a blood alcohol test.
By Cassie Gallo