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People 'Smoking Alcohol' To Get Drunk Faster

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When it comes to smoking or even doing drugs, people get pretty creative. Now people are finding new ways to get drunk and just one way includes smoking alcohol.

Dr. Robert Harms said, "I'm not aware of it."

Dr. Harms has worked in the emergency room at Sanford Hospital for 30 years. In all those years, he says he's never heard of anyone smoking alcohol.

Harms said, "This was new information to me."
Even though smoking alcohol may not be a popular way to get drunk in South Dakota, it's gaining traction in other parts of the United States. More and more videos are surfacing on YouTube, where young adults are pouring alcohol into a bottle. The bottle is then corked and the needle of a bicycle pump is poked through the top of the cork. Air is pumped into the bottle and when the vapor comes out, they inhale.
"There's always people finding different ways to try to get intoxicated whether it's alcohol or drugs and trying different forms and formats," said Harms.

Dr. Harms says when you drink alcohol, it has to be absorbed through the stomach and does what is called a one pass, where it goes through the liver until it enters the blood stream. However, when you inhale it, the alcohol goes directly into your blood stream, which essentially means you get drunk, faster.

"Just a different form of getting alcohol in the body, but absorbed quite quickly yeah," said Harms.

Dr. Harms says no matter how it's done, he believes the short and long-term effects would be the same. The problem is, when you smoke alcohol, it's hard to tell just how much you're taking in.

Harms said, "It depends on concentration of the vapor so I'm sure it's quite variable depending on what technique they used and how strong the alcohol was."

People are also pouring alcohol over dry ice and inhaling it that way. They say they're getting the alcohol without the calories.

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