Thanks to the lovely soberp for sending me this news story over Easter.
A club craze for vaporised alcohol could lead to dangerous levels of consumption, an alcohol watchdog has warned.
Edinburgh company ClubCandi served up the vapour alcohol shots at Edinburgh club Hive for the first time this month.
They will also be serving up the vapour shots in Glasgow at Distrikt, who are holding the afterparty for The GQ Awards.
The touring bar Vapbar, which is run by ClubCandi, launched in Galashiels eight weeks ago, with ClubCandi claiming the innovation as “the biggest thing to happen to alcohol ever.”
The company brands themselves as “an exciting company pushing the boundaries of enjoyment in the licensed industry.”
Its Facebook page adds that the vapour alcohol shot makes people “feel effects quicker” with a “minimum hangover” at “less than two calories.”
Although the City of Edinburgh confirmed that there were no special licensing requirements needed for bars to sell vaporised alcohol, Alcohol Focus Scotland said it was concerned that ‘the fad’ could lead to dangerous levels of consumption over a very short period of time.
“This latest fad is just another cynical way that alcohol companies are marketing their product to young people,” Jennifer Curran, acting deputy chief executive, said.
“Vaporising alcohol means it goes straight through the lungs into the bloodstream and the digestive system is bypassed.
“This could potentially result in people not realising how much alcohol they have had, and could lead to dangerous levels of consumption over a very short period of time.”
But ClubCandi’s Michael Young disputed the claim and argued that “there are many benefits to enjoying alcohol in vaporised form.”
His firm is working with Vapshot, an American parent company, and is aiming to bring this new approach to alcohol to venues all over the country.
According to Vapshot, a vapour-only Vapshot has “1/60th the amount of a normal shot of liquor,” adding that they “may even mitigate the possible health issues stemming from the consumption of alcohol in liquid form.”
“We wholeheartedly believe in the product and have done extensive research on the effects of vapour and found it to be extremely positive,” Michael said.
“We are a young company who look to give our customers the best experience possible, and feedback from our patrons since the launch of our Vapbar, some eight weeks ago has been immensely positive to say the least.
“We are currently working with many venues across Scotland to bring our fantastic product to the masses.”
You feel the effects quicker but with minimum hangover – how exactly? Plus I’d like to see this ‘extensive research’ rather than just taking your word for it that it ‘may even mitigate the possible health issues stemming from the consumption of alcohol in liquid form.’
Well this has no potential to go wrong does it …….