Skip to comments.Distilled Spirits Council Urges Ban of Alcohol Vapor Devices ("alcohol without liquid" - AWOL)
Posted on 03/22/2005 6:02:10 PM PST by Libloather
Distilled Spirits Council Urges Ban of Alcohol Vapor Devices; Senate Committee on Regulated Industries Hears Bill Today
Mon Mar 21,12:48 PM ET
To: State Desk
Contact: Sarah Rosen of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, 202-682-8840; Web: http://www.distilledspirits.org
WASHINGTON, March 21, /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Distilled Spirits Council today urged swift passage of legislation introduced in Florida banning "alcohol without liquid" (AWOL) devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen.
The bill, SB 794, sponsored by Senator Mike Haridopolos, would prohibit the sale or use of these devices and make its sale a misdemeanor. SB 794 is scheduled to be heard today before the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries today at 2:45 pm.
"We commend Senator Haridopolos for trying to keep these irresponsible devices out of Florida and we urge other states to do the same," said Dr. Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council. "The distilled spirits industry deplores any attempt to encourage reckless consumption of alcohol."
Cressy pointed to AWOL's company web site which calls the device "the ultimate party toy." The site states that this method of inhaling alcohol "reduces the effects of hangovers."
"Consumed responsibly and in moderation, beverage alcohol can be a normal, healthy adult lifestyle choice," said Cressy. "There is absolutely nothing responsible about these devices and they should be banned immediately."
The Distilled Spirits Council will provide written testimony to the Committee. A copy of the testimony follows.
-- Testimony of David Wojnar, Vice President, Distilled Spirits Council Submitted to the Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries
March 21, 2005
I am writing to you on behalf of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States, in support of SB 794, legislation to ban the Alcohol Without Liquid (AWOL) Machine.
The members of the Distilled Spirits Council are committed to fighting the irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. Through our sister organization, The Century Council, our members have invested over $130 million in programs and initiatives to encourage responsible decision-making and to fight abuse, including underage drinking and drunk driving. We have partnered with communities across Florida to achieve these common goals.
Through its website, the marketers of AWOL promote this device as the "ultimate party toy" and a way to reduce the effects of a hangover. This attempt to glorify reckless consumption is wrong and sends the wrong message. This type of practice and message is unacceptable. There is absolutely nothing responsible about the AWOL device and we urge swift passage of SB 794.
Are the barstools upside down? Pretty funky looking picture there, if you get my drift.
Its a myth, and a hoax, but one that will make some good money.
Idiotic legislators could try to go after these guys for fraud and such, instead, they will give them attention, credibility, and help them make money, probably underground though.
I will be glad when politicians get "Nerf World" built. Where I can't hurt myself even if I want to.
Translation: They want to ban competition.
I'm wondering why the Distilled Spirits Council would have a dog in this fight... NOT!
Looks like a gay bar
What happened? Did you and your friends still get a hangover?
If this is true, which I doubt, then the imbibers had better be damm careful with their cigarettes, sparks, and open fires.
Their lungs could very well demonstrate how a piston works.
Pure oxygen mixed with vaporized alcohol, sounds like rocket fuel.
Hey honey good news, I quit drinking, bad news, I'm plastered.
Band name ping.
Let's leave it up to the courts. They seem to know best in all matters now. That should keep them there lawyers busy a while. :)
These devices certainly remove any argument about why people drink alcohol; it's clearly not about socializing or having a matching drink with your food -- it's all about getting drunk as fast and as thoroughly as possible.
I did hear of one alcoholic little old lady who got her high from wine enemas. One thing for sure you couldn't smell alcohol on her breath.
You are right about the flammability.
Can't be accurate. Pure O2???
That is, my lungs are plastered all over the walls after the ethyl alcohol - oxygen mixture was ignited by my teeth sparking.
Yessum, that's me all over.
Been awhile since I took chemistry but if I recall correctly, ethanol is a liquid at room temperature. It can be vaporized but still a liquid, tiny misty droplets.
Similiar to what happens to gasoline when it goes thru a carbuerator.
Am sure some friendly FReeper will correct me if I am wrong.