Alcoholic Architecture: The Bar Where you Breathe Alcohol
By Paula Mooney
September 13, 2015
Since the end of July, when the pop-up bar “Alcoholic Architecture” was inaugurated for the people of London, people have been lining up for inhalations of alcohol. As reported by the Verge, Alcoholic Architecture features a pitch-black staircase that makes people feel like they are walking to their deaths when they saunter in to breathe in alcohol.
Alcoholic Architecture is something different – and is nothing like the ordinary bars where you enter and drink alcohol merely via your mouth – although that’s an option as well. Instead, Alcoholic Architecture offers folks a chance to get intoxicated in a different environment – by breathing in a fog of white fumes everywhere. That white fume of alcohol gets absorbed via the lungs, even the eyes.
“Spending 40 minutes in the cloud, according to its creators, is the equivalent of consuming a ‘large drink.’ The difference, of course, is that the alcohol enters the bloodstream through the lungs and eyes, which mean visitors can get the same buzz with 40 percent less alcohol by volume (and fewer calories).”
Getting tipsy or drunk by breathing in alcohol is quite unique and lends to the popularity of Alcoholic Architecture. According to the Irish Examiner, visiting Alcoholic Architecture means going into a moist chamber and breathing in fumes of liquor that make the users drunker than if they imbibed the alcohol the normal way, since inhaling liquor bypasses the liver.
Despite the enjoyment of the unique way of inhaling alcohol, it’s also considered dangerous to the health. London’s first “cloud bar” could have harmful effects. Alcoholic Architecture didn’t impress Dr. William Shanahan, a consultant psychiatrist at Nightingale Hospital.
“The alcohol avoids first pass metabolism in the liver and goes directly to the brain, which makes it much more intoxicating and the intoxication is very rapid, this has the potential to cause serious side effects as well as brain damage in the developing young brain.”
Therefore, as expected, young people should stay far away from Alcoholic Architecture, or any other bar that allows alcohol to be breathed in internally.
Alcohol addiction specialists feel that the last thing folks need is another way to consume liquor, especially in places that allow patrons to breathe it in and drink it as well. Alcoholic Architecture could be the wave of the future for pop-up bars seeking a new concept – or Alcoholic Architecture could go the way of other old trends that have died out.