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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

Understanding Moderation

Part of responsible drinking is understanding that a standard drink of beer, distilled spirits and wine each contains the same amount of alcohol. It's not what you drink, it's how much that counts.

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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

Committed to Responsibility

For more than 75 years, the spirits industry has adhered to a rigorous set of standards for beverage alcohol advertising and marketing. Click here to learn more about the Code.

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Distilled Spirits Council Commends Louisiana Governor For Signing Bill Banning 'AWOL' Machines

June 6, 2006 08:00 PM
BATON ROUGE, LA – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today praised Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco for signing into law legislation banning “alcohol without liquid” devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. “Governor Blanco and Louisiana lawmakers have made it clear they do not want this device in the state and we commend their resolve to pass this law,” said DISCUS Vice President Dale Szyndrowski, noting that seventeen state legislatures have already passed laws banning “AWOL” machines, including Louisiana. “These devices glorify intoxication and send the wrong message.” H.B. 122, sponsored by Representative Taylor Townsend (D-Natchitoches), makes it illegal for a person to sell, deliver, give away, purchase, possess, or use an alcohol vaporizing machine and anyone violating this law may be fined up to $500 and/or imprisoned for up to 6 months. Szyndrowski pointed to the AWOL company’s web site which calls the device “the ultimate party toy!” The site states that this method of inhaling alcohol “reduces the effects of a hangover,” eliminating “the dreaded hangover.” “This device is being marketed and sold as a party toy,” said Szyndrowski. “Our industry deplores any attempt to encourage reckless consumption of alcohol.” Szyndrowski stated that the distilled spirits industry is committed to fighting the irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. He pointed to the work of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers, which has programs available for communities to fight underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information regarding these programs, visit CONTACT: Public Affairs Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:


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