BACK TALK

Booze

Barkeep, a round of mist

KARIN MARLEY October 4 2004
BACK TALK

Booze

Barkeep, a round of mist

KARIN MARLEY October 4 2004

Booze

Barkeep, a round of mist

Want the buzz, but not the taste—or the damage to your waist? Now there’s a way to get all the intoxication of alcohol without ever taking a sip. The British-made AWOL (Alcohol Without Liquid) device

allows you to inhale a shot of

hard liquor in 20 minutes. The .. / machine, which costs US$2,595, s^yjyi turns your drink into a mist by u J| pumping it with oxygen. The 80-proof then goes straight to your lungs, and most of the _ ' ' -

calories and carbs are avoided. As well, the manufacturers promise that the extra oxygen eliminates hangovers and produces an added sense of “euphoria.” Consumers, on the other hand, complain that inhaling drinks is dull, and are balking at the US$10 fee to use the machine, on top

Íof the cost of the shot.

Not surprisingly, fears of faster intoxication have prompted a ban in one part of Australia and a proposed ban in New York. The Canada Safety Council has also expressed concerns, though AWOL is not yet for sale here-where great taste usually wins out over less filling. KARIN MARLEY