Doctors, local teens warn about smoking alcohol
POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 4:49am
UPDATED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 8:35am
EL PASO (KTSM) — We have a warning for you about a new, potentially dangerous way young people are consuming alcohol. It's called smoking alcohol.
Young people pressurize a bottle with beer, liquor, or wine in the bottom, and then they inhale the vapor.
"I find it interesting what kids are doing out there," said 17-year-old Jackie Marquez.
"It's just like irresponsible and pointless. I don't see what the fun is in that," said 18-year-old Jesse Hernandez.
Newschannel 9 showed teens how it works and they're shocked.
Hernandez graduated from Santa Teresa High School in May. He's leaving for the U.S. National Guard in August.
"They should just be out living their lives like normal teenagers… having fun… going to sports… having fun with their friends," said Hernandez.
Sucking in the alcoholic fumes bypasses the liver and sends intoxicating ethanol straight to the lungs and brain.
"When people drink, the normal sensation they get more and more drunk is to vomit. It's your body's way of expelling alcohol. However your brain can't expel alcohol, so, it's extremely dangerous," said Emergency Room Doctor Robert Glatter.
Smoking alcohol can also damage the lining of your lungs.
Doctors fear the fad will turn deadly and the teens we talked have the same concern.
"You're like, 'Oh let's do this’ and let's say you don't die but your friends die. You're gonna have it on your conscious," said Marquez.
"It's pretty much going to end up killing themselves or even worse, killing other people," said Hernandez.
We have not heard of people smoking alcohol here in the El Paso area, and we hope this warning will make sure it does not start.