Vaped, Not Stirred: Vaporized Alcohol Knowledge, Use, and Susceptibility

Sumner Sydeman, Allie Jessen, Caroline North, Matthew Valente, Lauren Ryan, Samantha Russell

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Background: Vaporized alcohol is an alternative method of ingesting alcohol that has received significant attention in the press. However, research on vaporized alcohol to date is limited. Objectives: The current study sought to assess vaporized alcohol knowledge, use, and future susceptibility in diverse sample of young adults in the Southwest United States. Method: A cross-sectional survey design was used to assess perception and use of vaporized alcohol in a sample of 986 young adults in college gathered in 2015 and 2016. Results: Overall, 26% of participants had heard of vaporized alcohol, 1.7% had used vaporized alcohol, and 33.5% were susceptible to future vaporized alcohol use. Contrary to our hypothesis, heavy drinkers were not more likely to have tried vaporized alcohol. Further, there were no significant differences in vaporized alcohol use across any sociodemographic groups. Conclusions/Importance: Ever use of vaporized alcohol was low, which was generally consistent with prior research, debunking media reports that vaporized alcohol is a widespread problem. However, ongoing monitoring of this method of alcohol ingestions appears warranted, especially with different populations (i.e., adolescents, and young adults not in college) where no empirical research has been published to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1541-1546
Number of pages6
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jul 29 2019


  • Alcohol vaporizer
  • alcohol consumption
  • alcohol without liquid
  • alternative alcohol use
  • college drinking
  • nontraditional alcohol administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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