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Saturday, August 21, 2021

I drink, but don’t smoke. I’ve learned the subtle art of how to nurse a drink in social situations (verus the old chug-a-lug of my teenage and college years), if only just to pace myself and avoid looking like an alcoholic. But it’s an awkward procedure: The mere act of holding a glass while shifting from conversation to conversation feels unnatural.

In that sense, I’ve sort of envied smokers. Smoking itself isn’t particularly attractive to me, but the act of smoking is. It makes one look casually engaged while socializing, and unlike sipping from a glass, it appears more effortless.

What do to? Enter the Alcohol Without Liquid, or AWOL, vaporizer. Instead of taking up smoking, I now have the option of snorting my spirits.

Personally, I think a better name for this little doodad would be “Booze Hookah“.

The AWOL is causing a fuss in New York State and other places, where officials think it will encourage reckless drinking. I think that’s bogus, but patently false claims like this by the manufacturer probably don’t help:

Makers say it takes about 20 minutes to breathe in one shot, giving drinkers the effect of alcohol without the drunkenness, or hangover.

As one who’s injested a fair amount of liquor in his lifetime, I can attest: Drinking your hooch s-l-o-w-l-y doesn’t prevent you from getting trashed. At least not in the sort of situation where you’d expect to be using this device. I’d take the claims that these guys make with a good measure of salt. Their cheapy-looking website doesn’t inspire much confidence, either.

Still, the controversy will only help make the AWOL a hit, even if only for a fad-like spell. Putting one of these things on display at Trust in NYC was an odd touch, but again, will only pique everyone’s curiosity.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/21/2004 03:15:19 PM
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