Binge drinking is a buzz word of sorts, bringing to mind the image of college students slamming down beers on a Friday night, doing keg stands or attempting a new beer bong record. But, as the infamous Darwin Awards can attest to, binge drinking doesn’t necessarily even have to involve drinking the alcohol. Far too often, we hear about a new, ridiculous method to get drunk that boggles the mind, like snorting, eyeballing, or smoking alcohol to get drunk. All of these may sound absurd, but, they happen and still, each “method” can lead to a drunk driving conviction.
Some people try these random ways of getting drunk in hopes of fooling a breathalyzer test during a traffic stop. Others think there are less calories when alcohol enters the blood in any way except the stomach, so they can “drink” more through the eyeball, for instance, without packing on extra pounds. A few may even vape a drink just for bragging rights. No matter the reasons for ingesting large quantities of alcohol, the results can be a whole lot worse than just a hangover the next morning.
No matter how you binge drink, you are still absorbing alcohol into your blood. You feel the physical effects of alcohol and you are also providing physical proof that you are drunk… because you’re still drunk. Plus, the blood alcohol content that is measured by a breathalyzer or an ignition interlock device doesn’t really care how you got so intoxicated. It isn’t cheering you on as you inhale vodka through a vaporizer. It is ready for you to exhale, measure your BAC, and stop you from driving. And really, being cool never looked so uncool, especially once you start blowing into a breathalyzer.
Binge drinking or any other method to get drunk fast will lead to pretty serious consequences, with a “walk of shame” that could last for years. If you drink, be responsible, and sane. No form of binge drinking is worth the risks.