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Posted: 8/19/2004 8:47:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/19/2004 8:49:41 AM EDT by renotse]
Alcohol WithOut Liquid


NEW YORK (AP) A new machine allowing bar-hoppers to inhale liquor instead of drinking it is set to debut in New York City tomorrow night but in Westchester, it faces staunch opposition from County Executive Andrew Spano. Spano is seeking either a local or statewide ban on the Alcohol Without Liquid or AWOL machine. It's a device that mixes vaporized liquor with oxygen to deliver a fine alcoholic mist. To inhale one shot, a customer must breathe the vapors for about 20 minutes, according to an AWOL marketing Web site.

Spano says the machine is a setback to efforts to curb teen drinking and drunken driving.

AWOL is already available in Europe and Asia. It is scheduled to make its first regional appearance tomorrow night at Trust Lounge in Manhattan, where its American distributor, Spirit Partners, is touting it as a low-carb, low-calorie and hangover-free alternative to regular drinking. According to the company's promotional materials, the device delivers a ``euphoric 'high' `` and wards off hangovers by making oxygen part of each shot.

The machine costs about 35-hundred dollars and is being sold to bars and individuals, who are older than 21.

Spirit Partners suggests AWOL be used no more than once an hour and only twice in a 24-hour period to avoid overconsumption. Morse denied AWOL is any more dangerous than regular alcohol consumption.

Spirit Partners said that an AWOL shot produces a nearly immediate buzz by sending alcohol into the bloodstream more quickly than drinking. But the company also said the level of alcohol found in the body after AWOL use is lower than for traditional drinkers.

The controversy has been enough to get AWOL banned in New South Wales, Australia. It also has drawn fire from Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper, who has proposed banning the machine on eastern Long Island.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 8:51:32 AM EDT
Thats stupid. Half the fun of drinking is watching your friends puke their guts out all over the hot chick they thought they were about to score with :)

Not to mention kegstands, beer bongs, beer-castles, beer pong, and always entertaining, throwing cans at echother.

Its called drinking for a reason, stupid neo-euro ideas
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 9:43:49 AM EDT
Could be interesting, set it on high in a closed off room with a bunch of people and have everyone share just like a contact high.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 10:01:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SDavid:
Could be interesting, set it on high in a closed off room with a bunch of people and have everyone share just like a contact high.

Can you say "Explosive mixture"? An FAE the customer pays for. Nice.

I don't have a problem with this really, 20 MINUTES to equal one shot? How much are they going to charge you to stayed hooked up to this thing for a couple of hours?
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 10:05:24 AM EDT
Sounds like sniffin glue to me.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 10:08:09 AM EDT
I'll try it.
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