Such as: gases, glue, correction fluids and thinners, petroleum products, aerosols including hairspray, deodorants and air-fresheners.

How it’s used

You can sniff them directly, put on to a rag or sleeve and inhale. You inhale glues from inside a plastic bag.

Short-term effects

•    Effects last up to 45 minutes
•    You feel more drunk the deeper you inhale
•    Your breathing and heart rate slow down
•    Loss of coordination and disorientation
•    You may lose consciousness and not see properly
•    Can cause a red rash around the mouth
•    Nausea, vomiting and blackouts
•    Your airways may swell up and lead to breathing and heart problems
•    They can kill you the first time you use them

Long-term effects

•    You risk brain, liver and kidney damage
•    You may have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting

Other dangers

•    You are at risk of accidents while drunk

If you are pregnant

Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby


You can get psychologically addicted so you feel you can’t cope without it. You can build tolerance so you need to take more to get the same buzz.