WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 (R-26), 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 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 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.