Vaporised Vodka Hits UK Nightclub For £5 A Pop
While we're all pretty used to enjoying a few vodka lemonades or rum and cokes while on a night out, one company has tipped tradition on its head by creating a new and innovative way of consuming alcohol.
American firm Vapshot is now offering vodka mist in UK nightclubs, selling it to punters for £5 a pop - having made is UK debut at Gallery Nightclub Maidstone in July, when more than 1,300 Alcohol MIST shots were consumed.
The mist is filled into disposable latex ballons, with only 'a fraction' of a drop of alcohol used in each vaporised shot.
"Vapshot is designed to allow you to experience the fun parts of drinking alcohol while minimising the bad parts," the website says.
"With Vapshot, you can have a great buzz all night with a much lower chance of having a hangover the next day.
"At 1/60th the amount of a normal shot of liquor, Vapshots may even mitigate the possible health issues stemming from the consumption of alcohol in liquid form."
According to The Sun, inhaling the vaporised vodka means the alcohol enters the bloodstream more quickly than it would if you consumed it in its liquid form.
While Vapshot has referred to its service as the 'future of the alcohol industry' and a 'safer' way of consuming alcohol, some health professionals have warned that the new way of consuming alcohol could lead to problems.
Andrew Misell, a director of Alcohol Change, told The Sun: "Alcohol entering your lungs will go straight into your bloodstream and so you could become very drunk very quickly, which could put you at all kinds of risk - for example, from alcohol poisoning."
Andrew Scott-Clark, director of public health for Kent County Council, added: "Inhaling vodka vapour could be extremely harmful both for short-term and long-term health.
"It provides almost instant delivery of alcohol to the bloodstream and the brain, bypassing the metabolism, and the effects are felt very quickly.
"The increased absorption can harm the brain and is a particular hazard to young adults because their brains have not finished developing yet."
However, a spokesperson for Vapshot countered this argument by saying there is 'absolutely no proof' that inhaling vaporised vodka is harmful.
"We started the project in order to produce an innovative and potentially safer way of consuming alcohol," the spokesperson said.
"It should not be perverted into something meant to harm as there is absolutely no proof of that."
The Vapshot website also claims the product could decrease the risk of drunk driving, resulting in a 'reduced number of auto accidents and saving lives'.
After consuming an alcohol mist shot, the average person will typically blow a 0.04 to 0.05 on a breathalyser, although taking multiple shots in a row will likely result in a higher BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). However, around 30 minutes after a shot, the effects will apparently 'fade' and the average person will typically blow a 0.00.
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