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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) -

A dangerous new trend has many medical experts and addiction prevention teams working to spread awareness to parents of teens.

The fad is "smoking" alcohol, which essentially involves people pouring liquor over dry ice and then inhaling the vapors.

The method has become especially popular with young people because it gives them a quick "buzz" with fewer calories than the regular drinking consumption of alcohol.

Many experts say though, that it is potentially very dangerous because it could easily lead to over consumption and even overdoses.

They say it is just the latest in a series of unusual methods many young people are turning to in an effort to get drunker, faster.

"They're drinking in much more innovative and different ways...They're looking for ways to hide their alcohol, to get drunker faster and to get an extreme "drunk" state," said Dawn Hancock of Circle Park Behavioral Health Services.

Medical experts say the alcohol vapors go straight to the person's lungs, into their bloodstream and immediately impact their brain.

They also say that because the intoxication happens so quickly, many young people especially are not aware of just how intoxicated they have become or the potentially deadly impacts on their bodies.

"You actually get drunk faster, but that's part of the danger is that your body systems don't process alcohol the way they should, so you run a much greater risk of overdosing and again, possible alcohol poisoning," Hancock said.

She said that parents should be very vigilant when it comes to keeping tabs on their teens, and keeping informed on the latest trends.

Hancock said that parents should keep a close watch on their teens' social media habits and should have open and honest conversations about drinking.

She also said that they can turn to online resources and help from places such as Circle Park, to try to prevent and combat underage drinking.

More information on Circle Park's underage drinking prevention efforts can be found here:

http://www.circlepark.com/programs/prevention

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