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.
Wouldn't concentrated sulphuric acid also absorb the remaining water, without mixing with the alcohol?
sure does...probably take out the whole bar when it goes too.
Could one freeze out the water? Probably wouldn't be cost-effective.
Nope, I quit after a while, maybe 10 or 15 minuits, a couple of guys were stubborn and one stuck on till like 45 minuits.
Pretty much to absolutley no effect, no buzz, nada, so we drank the old fashioned way.
Thanks for the info.
Like I said previous, it's been awhile since I took chemistry.
Always thought it was made by progressive distallation.
Though I've never been drunk in my life, I'd expect just plain Everclear to be as "good." Part of the reason for hangovers is toxic congenerics (other alcohols and aldehydes) that are formed by fermentation, in the beverage. It's the purity that does the trick, not the means of ingestion. As for pure oxygen, how much can there be in those little spritzers?
They now sell individual user machines for $299!!!
Much cheaper than the group machine for bars.
I prefer to drink my martinis, but would try out the AWOL.
I quit after about 10 or 15 minuits, but one of my friends tried for like 45 minuits.
You'd absorb more doing straight shots.
Yes, but if you take you Jack Daniels with ice like 76834 was suggesting.....
Seriously, I hope nobody sees my post and decides to try it.
Watch the video. WARNING: Site linked may not be safe for work.
You needed product liability a disclaimer.
"Don't try this at home"
Kinda like "Do not use lawn mower to trim bushes"
Not really, just a waste of time.
Little details from taking 2 years of organic chemistry in a 10 week summer cram course.
You say that like its a bad thing!!
My favorite quote from Lionel Hutz, the attorney on the Simpsons, "Can you imagine that, a world without lawyers? (Shudders)". Come to think of it, I shudder when I try to imagine that nightmare!!
How could anyone survive that much alcohol?
Benzene just strips the water without changing the nature of the ethanol. Recall that mixing an acid and an alcohol generally produces an ester. Methyl sulphate would be the expected product in this instance.
Even the best fractionating column can't beat the azeotropic limit at 95%.