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Old March 19th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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Default Re: Alcohol in the base?

Originally Posted by jdeuel3868 View Post
Ah time to get all biology nerd again...

I have done this and I had a breathalyzer to test the results. I smoked a bowl with like half vodka in the base. It was harsh but yes you get drunk (as far as buzz enhancer I guess getting drunk is one). Immediately after smoking you get the feeling you are drunk, the thing is it wears off very quickly. After hitting it for a little bit I had a BAC according to the breath test of about .06 and then later about .11 and felt pretty intoxicated. Here is the weird part though after not smoking for like 10 minutes I had a BAC of .00 this all makes sense if you know how your body metabolizes alcohol. To get intoxicated you must first saturate the enzyme responsible for breaking down ethanol. Ussually you drink and after a few drinks this occurs and you get wasty faced. When you inhale it though the alcohol goes directly into your blood and effects the brain before the enzyme has had time to break down much ethanol. So then after a few minutes of the ethanol swiming around in your blood and the enzyme acting on it you have no alcohol in your system anymore. Tada! your sober again. So sorry this was lengthy hope it helped somewhat.
Chemistry/physics nerd here. Boiling point of pure ethanol is 173F, at one atmosphere of pressure. Since ethanol is (obviously) fully miscible in water, you would probably see greater results with a higher proof (lower in water content) liquid. Water boils at a much higher temperature in 0%H (at 1atm.) air, and has a higher vapor pressure than alcohol does. The suggestion of everclear is probably the best and safest idea. The drunk, as stated, is not really drunk, it's a statistic drunk. You will not feel as if you should be blowing a .11 BAC, because your blood simply is not .11% alcohol. If you're really going for gold with this, render pure ethyl alcohol by boiling a bottle of vodka in a *** at 173F.

If you want to get drunk from hookah. You can put down the coals and molasses, cover your bowl with saran wrap, fill the base to your desired level with alcohol, and drop a few pieces of dry ice in it. Frozen CO2 is cold enough to bond with H20(water), and C2H60 (ethanol), as it vaporizes, resulting in a very smoky in appearance carbon hydroxide vapor. It will blow itself out of your hoses, you barely need to inhale. If you can manage to get some air in your lungs with it, you'll feel quite drunk for a few minutes.
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