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Alcohol Inhalation On The Rise – Yes, Alcohol Inhalation

Steve ObermanThough similar devices have been marketed in the past, a fad in alcohol consumption has reemerged in the form of the Vaportini.  The Vaportini is an alcohol inhalation device that enables users to heat their favorite liquors in a glass sphere.  This sphere fills with alcohol vapor; the user employs a straw to inhale the vapors through a small opening in the sphere.  A diagram of how it works can be found here.

According to reports in the U.S. and U.K., a growing concern among authorities and parents is the use of homemade devices by teens and young adults to achieve the same results.  The particular health effects are not well documented, but the concerns are grounded in the way the alcohol enters the bloodstream.  According to a report by Dr. Robert Glatter, the vapor travels directly to the brain and bloodstream, bypassing the stomach and liver.  As a result, the risk of overdosing on alcohol increases.  There are also concerns with the alcohol’s effect on the lungs and respiratory system.

Part of the appeal of alcohol inhalation is the nearly immediate effect the alcohol has on the user.  The Vaportini is marketed as allowing users to consume alcohol without the calories, carbohydrates, or impurities.  Furthermore, those inhaling alcohol often believe that there is less impact on the their blood alcohol content (BAC)Chemical tests will still reflect the alcohol that has been consumed, though there has been some concern that actual levels of intoxication are not accurately reflected.

As intoxication can result from alcohol inhalation, users should avoid activities that are illegal after becoming intoxicated by drinking alcohol, such as driving.  If you are accused of driving under the influence (DUI) or any other alcohol related offense, you should immediately contact a Tennessee DUI attorney.

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Steve Oberman

Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, Mr. Oberman has become established as a national authority on the intricacies of DUI defense law. Steve is a former Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a national treatise ("Drunk Driving Defense" published by Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer), and author of "DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee" (published by Thomson-Reuters/West). He has taught thousands of lawyers, judges, and members of the general public about the intricacies of this crime. Steve was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach American Criminal Law and American Trial Advocacy at the University of Latvia School of Law in 2019; in 2023 taught for a semester as a visiting professor at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Law in Budapest, Hungary; and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law in 2024. Steve has also presented at a number of judicial conferences in the United States and Canada as well as for law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Czech Republic Police Academy. As a Tennessee DUI attorney, Mr. Oberman has successfully defended over two thousand clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2006, Mr. Oberman became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.

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