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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Oreste Rossi (EFD)

 Subject: Spray that causes drunkenness in a few seconds

A team of French researchers, headed by Franco-American David Edwards and designer Philippe Starck, has developed a strange spray that can give the user a feeling of drunkenness in just a few seconds.

According to the researchers, the spray makes it possible to ‘be drunk’ without the negative effects of heavy drinking. Furthermore, it appears that the spray would still allow the user to pass a breathalyser test.

One dose of this spray releases 0.075 millilitres of alcohol in liquid form, a sufficient quantity to stimulate the brain and produce a feeling of intoxication.

This product has provoked much discussion and is already on the market at a price of EUR 20. Another factor in its success is its small size, which allows it to be easily mistaken for an asthma inhaler.

Bearing in mind that alcohol consumption, particularly among young people, has reached alarming levels and that, for this reason, attempts are being made to raise awareness among adolescents and young people about the risks and consequences of alcoholism, can the Commission state whether it intends to warn consumers about the use of this product and/or conduct more in-depth research into its toxicity and side-effects?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 256 E, 05/09/2013
Last updated: 8 June 2012Legal notice