What Happens When You Sniff Glue?

According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the short-term effects of sniffing glue can include dizziness, loss of coordination, hallucinations, headaches and loss of consciousness. Long term-effects of sniffing glue include hearing loss, memory loss, liver damage and brain damage. Individuals who sniff glue typically begin to feel symptoms of intoxication within a short period of time as the chemicals directly affect the nervous system.

Mayo Clinic explains that glue sniffing typically causes an initial feeling of euphoria, after which individuals may experience symptoms such as slurred speech and rapid heartbeat. In certain cases, rapid heartbeat due to inhalant abuse can cause lethal heart failure.

According to Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, chronic glue sniffing can cause damage to the central nervous system, which in turn can result in chronic symptoms such as muscle spasms, tremors and permanent speech difficulties. Sniffing large quantities of glue vapors at once can also put individuals at risk for suffocation because the chemicals in the glue can cause oxygen displacement, resulting in asphyxiation. Glue is referred to as a volatile solvent, as it creates liquid vapors when stored at room temperature. Additional volatile solvents often used for inhalants include felt-tip markers, lighter fluid, paint thinner, degreasing products and paper correction fluid.