Alcohol smoking a new risk to youth | Kids Count

Smoking alcohol is a dangerous practice for any one and may be even more risky for young people. An impressive body of medical research has established that the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed and is especially vulnerable to the effects of drugs and alcohol.

The mechanism for smoking alcohol presents additional risk because when alcohol is drank, it must be processed by the digestive system and the liver in the body and the alcohol affect is somewhat diminished by these processes.

When alcohol is smoked, its affects are immediate as the alcohol goes directly from the lungs to the brain. So rapid is the effect that people become intoxicated very quickly.

In addition, it is difficult for the consumer to know just how much alcohol they are consuming as the alcohol is turned into a vapor.

When alcohol is drunk, the body has a line of defense called vomiting if too much alcohol is consumed this defense mechanism is nullified when someone smokes alcohol as they will not vomit while smoking alcohol.

For some people, especially young and inexperienced people, the threat from alcohol poisoning while smoking alcohol is extremely high.

Smoking alcohol fits the needs of young people better than drinking it in a variety of ways. Most young people, especially underage drinkers, do not have the opportunity to hang around their parents’ house getting drunk while mom and dad are cooking dinner or watching television.

Rather, they must hide their alcohol use and must consume as much alcohol as possible in a brief period of time. Smoking alcohol fits these purposes very well. It is not my intention to describe the processes by which alcohol is smoked so young people can utilize these processes to get drunk, but rather to make parents and guardians aware of these processes so that they can be aware of the materials and equipment needed to smoke alcohol.

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