Go home America, you’re drunk. Of course “smoking alcohol” is a thing now, trending with young men at college campuses nationwide. The weight conscious are beginning to adopt the practice, as the inhalation of alcohol cuts all the calories and sugars.
The concept is simple. Alcohol can be smoked by pouring liquor over dry ice and inhaling the fumes, or freebasing the stuff, like crack. YouTube videos depicting the charming act have been popping up with increased frequency and a bar in Chicago even hosted a freebasing night in January.
Smoking alcohol provides a much more supreme high than merely drinking the stuff, and naturally, it’s devastating to the body.
The human body prevents alcohol poisoning by forcing itself to throw up the alcohol it has ingested, but since smoking alcohol doesn’t involve the digestive system, the body does not have a surefire way to protect itself. Dr. Harris Stratyner, regional clinical vice president of Caron Treatment Centers in New York, told the New York Daily News that, “When you inhale alcohol, it goes directly into the lungs and circumnavigates the liver.” Once you skip the only organ actually designed to process alcohol, the inhaled booze-fumes make a beeline to the brain.
The novelty of the process is attracting brazen young men, but calorie conscious drinkers are hopping on, or off, the wagon as well. We know the prospect of labeling nutritional facts on alcohol has many thinking “ignorance is bliss,” but there are some decent low-calorie options when it comes to imbibing that aren’t quite as likely to kill you.
Michelob Ultra: 95 calories per 12 ounce serving
Miller 64: 64 calories per 12 ounce serving
Beck’s Premier Light: 63 calories per 12 ounce serving
Low-Carb Margarita: 103 calories per 6 ounce serving
DIR Talenti Frozen Sangria: 222 calories; the typical frozen cocktail contains 500-plus
There are plenty of low-calorie libations to help get a buzz without the bulge; as well, moderation is your biggest preventative measure. We advise you to not smoke alcohol in any way, shape, or form. Not only is it harmful to your health, but you miss out on the refreshing flavors and actual pleasantness of, you know, sipping a beverage.
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June 19th, 2013