The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) has thrown its weight behind efforts to ban the controversial "alcohol without liquid" (AWOL) brand, which allows consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen.

DISCUS in a statement yesterday (21 March) urged the "swift passage of legislation introduced in Florida banning "alcohol without liquid" (AWOL) devices".

The bill, SB 794, sponsored by Senator Mike Haridopolos, would prohibit the sale or use of these devices and make its sale a misdemeanour.

"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, DISCUS' president. "The distilled spirits industry deplores any attempt to encourage reckless consumption of alcohol.

"Consumed responsibly and in moderation, beverage alcohol can be a normal, healthy adult lifestyle choice," continued Cressy. "There is absolutely nothing responsible about these devices and they should be banned immediately."

In August last year, Spirit Partners announced that it has acquired the exclusive license to market the AWOL technology in the US.

The company has denied that it is an irresponsible product, saying it was "simply a fun, new, exciting way for adults to enjoy alcohol in a responsible manner."