'Smoking' Alcohol a Dangerous New Trend

'Smoking' Alcohol a Dangerous New Trend

A new trend in the bar scene is 'smoking' alcohol, which involves your favorite hard liquor and dry ice.
DALLAS (CNN) - A new trend in the bar scene is 'smoking' alcohol, which involves your favorite hard liquor and dry ice.

Breathing in the alcohol vapors gets you buzzed fast and some say you don't ingest any empty calories. But, doctors say "smoking" your alcohol can be extremely dangerous.

Hammering away at dry ice is now part of Broderic Allen's weight loss solution. "If you lose the weight, then you want to keep it off. So I figured I could have my cake and eat it too," he said.

Allen stopped drinking to help him lose 80 pounds. Now he 'smokes' his alcohol instead by mixing it with dry ice.

"If you do it too much at one time it kind of - it just kind of overwhelms you."

It's overwhelming because it hits hard and fast. Dr. Walter Gaman says that is not safe.

"It goes right through your lungs, hits your bloodstream, and goes right to your brain,"

There's no time for it to metabolize in the liver, or be slowed down by food in the digestive tract. Instead, it goes straight to the lungs.

"The dry ice is so cold, you're not going to be able to humidify it," said Dr. Gaman. "It can have a toxic affect on your lungs, not to mention alcohol is not very good in your lungs. Just imagine just pouring alcohol into your lungs... It's just horrible."

Allen says he can still taste the drink and he likes the look.

"I feel like anything in excess is going to be bad for you. I mean, people are going to try to take it and turn into something else it's not."

But Dr. Gaman says one time is too much; it's way too easy to overdo and overdose.

He explained, "You're going to get a heavier load of alcohol faster. It's going to impair you faster."

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