A controversial way to inhale alcohol has been released in a new home version.
The vapshot machine boasts it can turn any alcohol into a vapour, which is then inhaled with a straw.
‘It hits you instantly and kick starts your buzz!’ the firm boasts of its $700 Vapshot mini machine.
However, health experts have warned the machine , and ‘inhaled’ alcohols in general, are far riskier than traditional drinks.
Bypassing the digestive system, the technique causes alcohol to be ingested directly to the bloodstream through the lungs, potentially causing dangerous levels of intoxication – especially if abused.
‘It is ill advised for experimentation among those under 21,’ said Dr. Thomas Greenfield, Center Director at the National Alcohol Research Center in Emeryville, California.
‘There could be inexperienced people at parties under peer pressure who may find themselves using this method of alcohol consumption.
‘It might not be possible to self-regulate their consumption and teenagers just like adults can be drunk drivers too.’
The makers of the new gadget proclaim: ‘What if there was a brand new way to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages that’ll get the party started faster and won’t slow you down? Something new, trendy and sciency…yeah, we just made up that word.’
They also play on the notoriety that inhaled alcohol has attracted.
‘You’ve probably heard about it all over the news and now you can enjoy vaporized alcohol anytime at home or at one of your awesome parties.
‘Vapshot mini is designed to vaporize alcohol, which you can inhale with a straw. It hits you instantly and kick starts your buzz!’