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SAN DIEGO – A new trend has doctors warning of the dangers of inhaling alcohol rather than drinking it to avoid empty calories.

“I think it’s crazy,” said Dr. Lawrence Pohl, medical director of the Mission Valley Medical Clinic.  “They’re smoking marijuana. They’re smoking cocaine and now with the alcohol.  It makes no sense.”

Broderic Allen of Texas said he stopped drinking and lost 80 pounds.  He now mixes alcohol with dry ice and inhales it.

“You lose the weight and then you want to keep it off,”  said Allen.  “I figured I could have my cake and eat it too.”

Some doctors warn the practice isn’t safe.  There is no time for the booze to metabolize or get slowed by food during digestion.

“The concern is that it could go to the bloodstream quickly, to the brain quickly, to the lungs,” Dr. Pohl said.  “It’s toxic to the lungs and it could be a real concern.”

Fox 5 called several local alcohol treatment centers and no one said they had heard of the practice, but one quick look on YouTube and plenty of videos are posted of people doing it.

“There are a lot better ways to lose weight,” said Dr. Pohl.

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