BOSTON, MA — The Distilled Spirits Council today commended Massachusetts Senator Mark Montigny for his strong commitment in passing legislation banning “alcohol without liquid” (AWOL) devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. Senate Bill 2311, sponsored by Montigny and Representative John Quinn, would prohibit the sale, possession, purchase or use of these devices, also known as “AWOL” machines. Under the bill, penalties include a fine up to $200 and/or imprisonment up to six months. “We commend Senator Montigny’s sponsorship of legislation banning these devices,” said Dr. Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council, noting that eight states have passed laws banning AWOL machines. Cressy, the former chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, 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 a hangover,” eliminating “the dreaded hangover.” “This device is being marketed and sold as a party toy,” said Cressy. “The distilled spirits industry fully supports this legislation and deplores any attempt to encourage the reckless consumption of alcohol.” Cressy stated that the distilled spirits industry is committed to fighting the irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. He pointed to the work of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers, which has programs available for communities to fight underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information regarding these programs, visit www.centurycouncil.org.