A new drinking trend is gaining popularity among young people, and doctors are now saying it could be extremely dangerous.
If you are wondering what smoking alcohol is, you aren't alone. Many people are unfamiliar with the concept, but you should learn quickly because the side effects are extremely dangerous.
On many college campuses, students trying to avoid the high caloric intake of alcohol have begun vaporizing or using dry ice to create alcoholic fumes that can be ingested like smoke. One paramedic said the fumes can be three or four times as potent as a normal drink.
"Smoking the alcohol bypasses the stomach and the liver, which filters out the alcohol's impurities and places it right into the bloodstream, which leads directly to your brain and creates intoxicating effects," Harrison County EMS' Brian Hayden told 5 News.
Another Harrison County said he would discourage anyone from trying to smoke alcoholic fumes, but that it shouldn't be illegal.
"I would definitely pull a family member aside and say 'look at what you're doing' and 'do not go down this path.' There is only so much the law can do, and eventually you are guided into a strict guideline of chains and shackles," Jeff Dytzel told 5 News.
The most important thing to remember: smoking alcohol is like a night of binge drinking done in an instant.