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Alcohol consumption has become an accepted part of our society, from the casual drinks with a friend, a glass of beer or wine at dinner to drinking at parties. Apart from the conventional ways of consuming alcohol, a new trend of getting high on alcohol is trending these days. This is not drinking the alcohol, but smoking alcohol. 

This method cuts out the calories and the carbs that usually come with drinking alcohol. However, it is probably one of the most dangerous forms of alcohol consumption since someone decided to pour alcohol into their eyes. By using dry ice or a bike pump and a soda bottle, anyone can vaporize their alcohol and vape it. 

Dangers of smoking alcohol 

  • Smoking alcohol is dangerous and harmful. Some of the reasons for this are as follows: Smoking alcohol primarily evades your body’s defenses against alcohol poisoning. Because the alcohol is being inhaled, it goes straight into the bloodstream instead of filtering through your stomach and your liver. These organs process the harmful parts of the alcohol and slow its progress through the bodily systems. These are also organs that let you know when you have had too much and would promptly purge it from your body in an effort to avoid deadly alcohol poisoningWhen alcohol is inhaled, these defenses are unused and there is no way to avoid alcohol poisoning as the stomach can neither be pumped or purged. 
  • Smoking alcohol gives an instant hit. When one is drinking alcohol, they can gauge how intoxicated they are becoming and limit their intake accordingly. This can’t be done when one is smoking alcohol. When you inhale the alcohol vapor, it goes straight to the bloodstream and you instantly feel the effects. There is no way to gauge your intake until it’s too late. This presents a serious risk of alcohol poisoning or overdosing. 
    Smoking alcohol means that one is putting vaporized liquid into their lungs. Alcohol vapor is just pressurized alcohol and it can turn back into liquid. The problem is that it will turn back into liquid in your lungs and having any liquid in the lungs can cause serious health problems. 
    Alcohol does NOT belong in your lungs or in your nostrils. Besides the fact that there is vapor in your lungs that could potentially become liquid again, your lungs and your nostrils are not built to handle alcohol. It can seriously damage these parts of your body. 
    For the specific method of using dry ice to vaporize the alcohol, this is not only 
    dangerous but poisonous to the inhaling party. Dry ice vapor is not meant to be ingested, and when alcohol is poured over dry ice and inhaled, the person is getting both the vapors, from the alcohol and the dry ice which can be toxic to human lungs. 

Smoking or inhaling vaporized alcohol is damaging to the body and poses huge risks to the person doing it. The ironic part is that it is a growing trend because it has zero calories and no impurities. 

Effects of teen drinking 

Alcohol in itself has several harmful effects of the human body. These effects are compounded if the alcohol consumer is a teen. As a teen’s brain and body are still developing, alcohol has even more profound and long-term effects on them. These effects may include: 

  • Motor impairment 
  • Slurred speech 
  • Reduced inhibitions 
  • Confusion 
  • Memory problems 
  • Cardiovascular disorders 
  • Liver disorders 
  • Weakened immune system 
  • Pancreatitis 

Apart from the physical and mental health risks, teenage drinking also leads to high risk activities such as drunk driving, aggressive behavior, and unprotected sex. 

Treatment for teen alcohol addiction 

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report 443,000 adolescents aged between 12 to 17 were suffering from an alcohol use disorder in the past year. It is important to ensure that at a time when an adolescent is supposed to be preparing for their upcoming life, they are not influenced by activities that will hamper their future. 

Adeona Healthcare, a leading alcohol addiction treatment center for adolescents aged between 12 to 17, offers evidence-based treatment approaches for treating alcohol abuse in teens. If you know a teen addicted to alcohol, guide them to the Adeona Healthcare facility. We personalize the treatment program for our young patients ensuring that they are able to achieve recovery sooner rather than later. Call our 24/7 helpline (888) 379-9360 and speak with a representative to discuss your treatment options. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance. 

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