If I boil a bit alcohol in a pot, can I get drunk by inhaling the evaporating mixture?

Does the steam of alcohol still include any alcohol?

  • Google "vodka sauna". Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 18:33
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    dont forget this can kill you due to alcohol poisoning because you are unaware of how much you are taking in Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 23:47

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Yes, you can. You can definitely become intoxicated, but this is not advised. When you drink alcohol, it is absorbed through the lining of your digestive system and passes through the bloodstream to reach your brain. This means that the alcohol will be buffered by the contents of your digestive system, getting you drunk more gradually. When inhaled, the alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lungs, so intoxication will happen much more quickly, not giving you time to "back off" if you think you've had too much.

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    The other thing to mention is that alcohol vapor is very inflammable and potentially explosive, and mixing it with flame is a bad idea, especially if you are intoxicated.
    – user5561
    Commented May 4, 2014 at 1:12
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    Funny...flammable...inflammable....ahh, the English language.
    – moscafj
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 11:04
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    It's worse than that. Absorption starts in the nose. The alcohol gets to the brain without having to pass through the blood-brain barrier. Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 18:35
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    @RodrigodeAzevedo I don't think so. Absorbtion into mucous into blood. Nothing carries chemicals to the brain BUT blood. It doesn't have to get slowly absorbed through stomach, but it IS carried by blood. Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 20:21
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    @MarsJarsGuitars-n-Chars Of course it is carried by blood, but by blood above the blood-brain barrier. Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 20:23

Yes, you can become intoxicated by inhaling the vapor from heated alcohol mixtures.

They have bars set up now that do this. They put a tea candle under a round glass full of whatever you want to get completely "fire in your veins" blistered drunk.

Images of the process here

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