Distilled Spirits Council Urges Ban of Alcohol Vapor Machines in Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council urges swift passage of legislation introduced in Rhode Island banning “alcohol without liquid” (AWOL) devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. The bill, HB 5113, sponsored by Representative oseph MacNamara, would prohibit the sale or use of these machines or devices. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000 and possible jail time for selling these devices. HB 5113 is scheduled to be heard today before the House Judiciary Committee at 4:45 pm. “We commend Representative MacNamara for trying to keep these irresponsible devices out of Rhode Island 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 the AWOL company’s 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.