Dangerous drug popular with teens

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(WBBH) -- Teens are turning to a dangerous new trend to get drunk. It's known as "smoking alcohol."

NBC2 Investigator Dave Elias discovered it's such a concern that local experts are going into Southwest Florida Schools to warn kids it can be deadly.

"There's a lot of rumors of parties, but it seems like a really bad idea," said FGCU student Maria Cochran.

We discovered many young people are turning their dorms and basements into laboratories all for a quick buzz.

Dr. Timothy Dougherty is a toxicologist at Lee Memorial Health Systems and he says the vapor immediately gets into the blood stream and from the blood stream travels to the brain.

With how-to videos on the web; the word is getting around quickly, which worries doctors.

"There's not studies. We don't know the long-terms affects of this and that's the scary part," Dougherty said.

Smoking alcohol doesn't require a flame. It's about inhaling alcoholic vapors which doctors say can be deadly.

While we're not going to explain exactly how the kids are discovering their reasons are unfounded. Some think inhaling vapors will avoid a DUI charge.

"The way that you got drunk is inhaling it. The way that you will get caught by a DUI is by exhaling it," Dr. Dougherty explained.

Others think they can avoid the calories, but Dougherty said that's not true.

"If you inhale the vapors or if I stick a line in you and give you alcohol through your vein you're still going to get the calories," Dr. Dougherty said.

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