The Distilled Spirits Council today urged swift passage of legislation that bans the sale or use of “alcohol without liquid” (AWOL) devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. The bill will be heard in the Maine House Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday, April 4 at 1:15 pm. The Council will testify in support of the bill. The bill, LD 1155, sponsored by Representative Mark Bryant, would prohibit the sale or use of the devices. Violators would be subject to a fine of up to $500 for a first offense and up to $3,000 for subsequent offenses. “We commend Representative Bryant for trying to keep these irresponsible devices out of Maine and we urge other states to do the same,” said Dr. Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council. “The distilled spirits industry’s 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.”