Does Helium Infused Wine Work?
Helium infused wine, together with other helium infused drinks, has become the latest booze trend. The hysteria started when two friends shared a video of themselves drinking helium infused wine for the first time.
As the video suggests, they take a few sips of the celebratory drink and their voices change from normal to cartoon-like.
The effect is supposedly similar to that experienced when breathing helium from balloons. If as a kid you never breathed helium at a birthday party, you should try it now to see what I’m talking about. Once breathed, the helium changes your voice for a few seconds and makes you discover a very funny version of yourself.
Now, it’s easy to understand why the video has gone viral. But does helium infused wine really work or do the women fake it? Let’s find it out!
What Is Helium Infused Wine?
Helium infused wine is regular wine to which helium has been added with the help of a helium pump. You can either use a traditional balloon pump, aka the one you use to inflate balloons for kids or – if you know someone who works in a lab – you can ask them to infuse the wine with helium.
Supposedly, this helium infused drink has the same effect on your voice as the gas. I haven’t tried drinking helium infused wine but researched the matter to see whether the claims in the original videos were true. Curious what I found out? Have a look at the video that went viral, then find out if it’s a fake or not.
Does Helium Infused Wine Really Work?
A quick search for helium infused drinks on the popular video channels turns dozens of results of people infusing and drinking these beverages with more than funny results. Because infusing wine with helium at home isn’t the safest thing to do, I made some research online to find out if the effect is real.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one wondering how helium can enrich a Pinot Gris. Ava Winery had the same doubts and, due to their original winemaking concept, they also had the means to infuse a wine with helium just to see what happens.
Long story short, nothing happens. Helium is the second lightest gas after hydrogen and it gets dispersed into the atmosphere quite quickly. While inhaling helium does change the timbre of your voice for a brief period of time, helium infused wine just won’t work.
There are two reasons why the helium infused booze has no effect. First, when drinking wine you’re not breathing the helium, you’re ingesting it. Due to the location of the vocal cords in the larynges, helium doesn’t reach them and, therefore, can’t change your voice.
Second, helium is a very lightweight gas and it gets dispersed quickly. The time to pour your drink into the glass and there is no helium left in it. Therefore, even if in some way that helium could have reached your vocal cords, there will be no helium to reach them.
Then, inhaled helium changes the timbre of your voice for a very short time, usually no longer than a couple of seconds. This is another element that suggests the two ladies are probably changing their voice on purpose and without the help of helium.
While the viral video of the two ladies drinking helium infused wine is indeed funny, the truth is they are probably faking it. Instead of believing everything that goes viral online, just grab a bottle of your favorite vino, open it, and enjoy its flavors and aromas as it is. After, all it’s easy to change the timbre of your voice by simply breathing helium out of a balloon.