Time Magazine has reported on a fairly new trend – “smoking” alcohol. The method, which typically requires a special device to vaporize the liquor, first appeared around 2004. Why smoke alcohol rather than drink it? There are no calories ingested.
Aside from the dangers to the lungs and nasal cavity, the downside of this method is that the user is not able to measure the amount of alcohol they’ve ingested.
“It’s also much harder to know just how much alcohol you’re consuming in one sitting if you’re not stringently measuring. If a cup of alcohol is poured into a bottle and then vaporized, the drinker cannot tell if they are inhaling a few sips or the whole cup, since the liquid remains in the bottle.”
Methods range from creating vapor with dry ice, using a hookah, DIY vaporizers made with a bicycle pump and an empty bottle to commercial products (some of which are banned in the U.S.).
Also covered in the article are other trends like pouring alcohol into the eye and snorting bourbon. Both of these trends, like smoking, allow the alcohol to enter the bloodstream more quickly by bypassing the stomach.