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Tryggvi
Saturday, October 7th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Ky. Officials Want to Ban Liquor Devices


FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentuckians sip their bourbon, and have also been known to cook with it. But inhale it?

The very idea of bypassing the taste buds seems sacrilegious in a state that claims to produce the world's best bourbon, which generates more than $1 billion a year in sales.

State officials in the land of Old Grand-Dad, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey are pushing to ban a device that vaporizes liquor and allows people to inhale the intoxicating fumes for a quick high without the burn of hard liquor.

Teresa Barton, head of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, said banning alcohol vaporizers is a matter of public safety, not preserving the state's sipping whiskey industry. She said such devices could become "a real deadly trap" because they have "no purpose other than to get you drunk."

So far, 17 states have banned them, including California, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and several others are considering doing so, said Sherry Green, executive director of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws. Tennessee, the home of Jack Daniels, already prohibits the vaporizers.

"When you inhale alcohol right into the lung tissue, that gets drawn right into the blood supply immediately, so it's a very rapid onset of the intoxicating effect, and so has obviously very high abuse potential," said Robert Walker, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

Walker said alcohol vaporizers bypass altogether the tactile pleasures of drinking wine with a fine meal or a cold beer with a pizza: "You're going strictly to the intoxicating effect of alcohol."

In addition, Green warned that the devices could provide a dangerous legal loophole for teenagers in states where current law forbids only "underage drinking," not "underage inhaling."

Kevin Morse, president of Spirit Partners Inc. in Greensboro, N.C., which markets the Alcohol Without Liquid, or AWOL, devices, said they are harmless.

"At the end of the day, it's just a new way for adults to enjoy alcohol in a different manner," said Morse, who sells single-user devices over the Internet for $299 each or multi-user devices for $2,500 each.

The devices, which resemble asthma inhalers, can be used for just about any kind of alcohol, including wine, vodka, even martinis.

Morse said attempts to ban the devices have been great for business. "We haven't spent the first dime on advertising," he said. "When these legislators start repeating these rumors, then we start selling them like crazy."

Neither the liquor industry nor anti-drinking groups take credit for the bans on the devices.

"Legislators are basically banning this on their own," said Amy George, spokeswoman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. George said MADD has not taken an official position on the issue in any of the states that instituted bans because, she said, not enough research has been done to show that they are necessary.

One of the world's largest distributors of alcoholic beverages, London-based Diageo, with brands including Smirnoff and Crown Royal, has pushed for the bans, saying the vaporizers "could encourage alcohol abuse and drunk driving."

Ed O'Daniel, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, said he, too, supports a prohibition on the devices. A ban died in a state Senate committee in February, but O'Daniel said he believes it will pass in the next session.

Greg Brooks, a private investigator from North Carolina, said he tried the AWOL device in a New York bar a couple of years ago.

"You get a mild euphoria," he said. "It's like having one drink, maybe. It dissipates quickly. If you like getting drunk or getting a real heavy buzz, this isn't the thing for you."

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Glynd Eastŵd
Saturday, October 7th, 2006, 08:13 PM
Where can I buy an alcohol inhaler? (before it's too late) :D

Tryggvi
Saturday, October 7th, 2006, 08:58 PM
Where can I buy an alcohol inhaler? (before it's too late) :D
Just follow the links. But according to feedbacks I read on the net, it doesn't really seem to work.

sheriff skullface
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Just follow the links. But according to feedbacks I read on the net, it doesn't really seem to work.

very interesting, this banning of snorting alcohol really doesn't sound like a big loss to me thats for sure, really the very idea of having alcohol through your nose its so stupid :thumbdown

I love wine and liquor and the only way I could ever enjoy them is drinking them

Oswiu
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 07:41 PM
I'd ban it too. It's sick. Alcohol is fine when consumed in a culturally prescribed manner. But to do this vaporisation thing is a perfect example of a sick consumer society's drive for cheap immoral kicks. Hedomacy, as Agrippa might say.
In supporting it for ourselves, as an innocent pleasure, we more educated people are being incredibly selfish, and not providing moral leadership and example to the masses. :thumbdown

Ĉmeric
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 07:44 PM
What's the difference if you get drunk from inhaling alcoholic or drinking it? The did'nt say but I suspect you can get drunk on less alcohol by inhaling than by drinking which could lead to less alcohol consumption meaning lower profits for the distillers & less tax revenue for the Commonweath of Kentucky.
If they were really worried about people getting drunk the would raise the taxes on alcoholic beverages too encourage peole to drink less.

Oswiu
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 08:19 PM
What's the difference if you get drunk from inhaling alcoholic or drinking it?
It's just not traditional. It bypasses the mouth and stomach, but also does away with the traditional accoutrements of good honest drinking. It's highly likely that this will be used at home, away from the atmosphere and society of a bar or pub, encouraging 'drinking' alone, with less care for one's appearance and respectability in general. It encourages the atomisation of society and death of old style drinking culture [with its safeguards such as they are, for safety and decency].

The did'nt say but I suspect you can get drunk on less alcohol by inhaling than by drinking which could lead to less alcohol consumption meaning lower profits for the distillers & less tax revenue for the Commonweath of Kentucky.
It's too easy, inhaling instead of having to quaff a bottle and burn your throat. People will be sat like foul slobs, unwashed, in their vests and boxers, scoffing take away pizza in front of the TV, inhaling away without any regard for themselves. They'll probably 'drink' more.
I regret most the loss of any concept of 'connoiseur'. Something that was interesting and linked with culture and savouring of subtle flavours, replaced by something crude and stripped of all humanity.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 07:42 AM
This is the secret weapon, perhaps Europe's salvation. Isn't it against the Koran to "drink" alcohol? Snorting it may be "legal" for them. Mass produce these alcohol snorters and pass them out at mosques on Friday night. Then, make alcohol free.

ikki
Sunday, October 15th, 2006, 11:03 PM
Then theres the even faster way.. why not bypass the whole stomach and other systems that break down the alcohol?

Remember you got some 4l of blood, yet from consuming 1L or 10% strong alcohol you dont automatically get 0,25%..

All of which is quite easy, if disgusting. Just pour it down yer arse.. there the guts absorb it all without even trying to deal with the poison. I bet thats allowed in the Koran :D
And would satisy their need for perversion aswell, good riddance!