The Courier-Mail

GET DRUNK TO THE EYE­BALLS

G&T, G&T ev­ery­where and not a drop to drink in al­co­hol vapour bar

- HAN­NAH DAVIES

BIG breath Bris­bane – you’re about to en­ter a fu­tur­is­tic bar where al­co­hol is ab­sorbed di­rectly into the blood­stream.

As part of this month's Bris­bane Fes­ti­val, a spe­cially op­er­ated cham­ber will see al­co­holic vapour from a gin and tonic pumped into the air where it is ab­sorbed di­rectly into the body through the eye­balls, mu­cus mem­branes and lungs, by­pass­ing the liver.

One 40-minute ses­sion is equiv­a­lent to a large drink.

The brains be­hind the idea is UK de­sign team Bom­pas & Parr. Their first “cloud” bar, Al­co­holic Ar­chi­tec­ture, opened in Lon­don in July.

The South Bank bar will be the first time it has been tri­alled in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

Bom­pas & Parr claim in­hal­ing al­co­hol elim­i­nates hang­overs and cuts calo­ries by up to 40 per cent.

Be­fore en­ter­ing the “cloud”, which looks like a ship­ping con­tainer, drinkers will be asked to don spe­cial suits to pro­tect them against pow­er­ful hu­mid­i­fiers used to “su­per sat­u­rate” the air with al­co­holic vapour.

Harry Parr, from Bom­pas & Parr, said the bar’s hu­mid­ity lev­els of 140 per cent en­hanced “flavour per­cep­tion”.

But the con­cept is caus­ing con­cern among health pro­fes­sion­als, who be­lieve the side ef­fects of di­rect in­hala­tion could be deadly.

Pro­fes­sor Jake Na­j­man, di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Queens­land’s Al­co­hol and Drug Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, said it sounded “ter­ri­bly dan­ger­ous”.

“Al­co­hol is a toxic chem­i­cal and is known to de­stroy brain cells; you might as well just run into a brick wall,” he said.

Maddi Sparks, 24, said she was look­ing for­ward to her first va­por­ised G&T. “It sounds su­per fu­tur­is­tic and not some­thing I want to miss out on,” she said.

AMA Queens­land de­clined to com­ment.

Bris­bane Fes­ti­val runs from Septem­ber 5 to 25.

 ??  ?? TOP DROPS: Maddi Sparks and Emmy-Lou McKean are kit­ted out for the Bris­bane Fes­ti­val’s va­por­ised al­co­hol bar. Pic­ture: Adam Armstrong
TOP DROPS: Maddi Sparks and Emmy-Lou McKean are kit­ted out for the Bris­bane Fes­ti­val’s va­por­ised al­co­hol bar. Pic­ture: Adam Armstrong

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