ANNAPOLIS – The Distilled Spirits Council urges swift passage of legislation introduced in Maryland banning “alcohol without liquid” (AWOL) devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. The bill, HB 1213, sponsored by Delegate Susan McComas and 25 co-sponsors, would prohibit the sale or use of these machines or devices. Violators would be subject to a fine of up to $1,000. HB 1213 is scheduled to be heard today before the House Committee on Economic Matters at 2:00 pm. “We commend Delegate McComas and her colleagues for trying to keep these irresponsible devices out of Maryland 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 provided written testimony, which is available upon request.