You may have heard of “smoking” alcohol, the idea that instead of drinking alcohol, you inhale it, which still gets you drunk but supposedly doesn’t put any more calories into your diet. While the jury’s out on whether that’s the case, it’s still popular, and the Vapshot is designed to let you turn any alcohol you own into a fine, sozzling mist.
The process is fairly simple. Choose the liquor of your preference, put it in the Vapshot, and connect the bottle, which is sold separately. The Vapshot turns the liquor in question into a fine mist, which is pressured and then inhaled by you, the user. So why would sniffing this get you drunk?
Straight To The Brain
Essentially, “inhaling” alcohol allows you to skip the stomach and liver, and go straight to the bloodstream. That basically means the alcohol goes straight to your system, allowing you to feel the full effects more or less instantly.
This doesn’t necessarily make it a great idea, though. First of all, even a small amount of fluid in your lungs is not going to be a good time. Secondly, your stomach and liver serve as intermediaries to keep you from poisoning yourself with alcohol in the first place; bypassing that system means you’ll need to stick to only one or two doses from the Vapshot. Any more and, seriously, you’re risking some pretty serious medical issues.
That said, the Vapshot has several professional uses worth considering. For example, you can use it to coat desserts in a fine mist of liqueur, instead of trying to dump it on, and you can coat foods with a light taste of the alcohol instead. So, if you’re that kind of bartender or cook, this will be well worth the $900 you need to get some alcohol vaporized.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.