GET DRUNK TO THE EYEBALLS
G&T, G&T everywhere and not a drop to drink in alcohol vapour bar
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.