If You're Going to Have an Alcoholic Drink It's Best Not to Inhale It

By Gerald Lynch on at

All the joys of that drunken, tipsy feeling, without a bloated, beer-filled stomach or the need for constant trips to the toilet? Where do we sign up, right? Alcohol inhalers are expected to be all the rage at clubs and festivals this summer, but officials are warning that vaporising booze may be a serious fire hazard.

The warnings come as an increasing number of young people have been importing the £20 Vaportini gadget from America. It's basically a bong for booze -- alcoholic drinks are poured into its glass sphere, sat above a tea light. Heating up the drink this way releases intoxicating vapours which can be breathed in through a connected straw, putting the booze straight into the bloodstream and bypassing the digestive system. It gets users inebriated more quickly, while cutting down on the calories and impurities.

However, it doesn't take a genius to point out that putting flammable substances over a flame is dangerous, while there's also concern that users will be unable to judge how drunk they are getting compared to traditional methods of imbibing a tipple.

“Any product which encourages people to light candles when consuming alcohol is a concern," said London Fire Brigade group manager Mark Hazelton.

“We don’t want to sound like killjoys, but products like the Vaportini could lead to a worrying rise in the number of people being burned and causing fires while drunk.”

Will the warnings put off those out for a good time? Of course not -- I'm writing this up and I still want to give the Vaportini a go. But, if you do end up in a situation where inhaling alcohol in this way is an option, you may want to make sure you've got a few teetotal mates around to make sure nothing goes wrong. [Standard]

Image Credit: Vaportini