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Jul 5, 2013 6:37 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

Smoking Alcohol: Professors Talk About The Dangers

CORPUS CHRISTI - You don't have to go very far to find videos online of young adults smoking some booze. Using a bike pump, cork and soda bottle, people pump air into the container and breathe in the fog.

People claim to get drunk quicker without the calories and without the alcohol-smelling breath. The videos online seem convincing, but we talked to some professors over at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to find out for sure.

Dr Riccardo Mozzachiodi, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi said, "Well, it does work. The problem is that it works too much."

Dr. Mozzachiodi says the rumors are true, but just barely. Smoking alcohol might be fewer in calories and your breath might not smell like booze but the dangers, he says, are far too risky.

When people drink alcohol, they consume it through their mouth, it goes into their stomach, their intestines, their liver and then eventually it reaches their brain but when people smoke alcohol, it goes straight to their lungs, into their blood stream and then into their brain cutting out a whole lot of important steps.

Not to mention, the vapors in this experiment have a much stronger alcoholic percentage or proof than its liquid form.

They're inhaling a much stronger concentration," said Dr. Marl Olson, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. "You could start with beer," he said, "If you had enough beer and a very efficient apparatus, you can distill out Everclear concentrated-type alcohol."

Both professors say these stronger so-called hits of alcohol can lead to brain damage or even death.

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