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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A dangerous way for kids to get drunk is making a big splash on the Internet. It's called smoking alcohol. You don't to drink the alcohol, you inhale it. Those vapors give you an instant high.

The videos of 'smoking alcohol' on YouTube have thousands of views. They show young people doing the latest trend for a quick buzz.

"You shake your head and you wonder, what else are they going to be thinking about because there is always something new coming up," said Deborah Soule, the Executive Director with Partnership for a Drug-Free Community in Huntsville.

It typically takes at least 20 minutes for alcohol to affect you when you drink it the normal way. By inhaling it, the fumes get into your blood stream quicker and you feel them faster too. Soule said this new craze can be extremely addictive.

"These kids think that they are infallible and they can do anything they want and nothing is going to happen to them but they have no idea what it does to their bodies," she said.

Dr. Tim Howard said inhaling alcohol fumes can have significant consequences.

"It is alcohol going into your system and I think they need to realize how dangerous it is," he said.

Howard said you are bypassing the stomach and the liver if you try this trend.

"If you bypass that, and this is bypassing this because when you inhale it, it goes from the lungs and it's taken directly to the brain so you're talking about a very quick time with a high amount of alcohol getting there very quickly," he said.

Howard said even if you inhale alcohol it will still give you a high blood alcohol level and you can still get a DUI from it and that inhaling the alcohol won't keep you from getting the calories that come with it.

Soule encourages parents to speak to their kids about this craze and to keep an eye on the amount of alcohol they may keep in their home.

"Everyone always thinks it won't happen to their kids," she said. "Family is the most important factor in prevention."

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