Powdered Alcohol in the News: Palcohol Causing Concerns

The prospect of the widespread use of powered alcohol has received much attention. The potential problems caused by the new product have been unclear. They remain controversial.

There are many concerns. Some people believe that it would be very easy to misuse the product. Either intentionally or unintentionally. It might be snorted. It might also easily fall into the hands of very young persons.

One producer of powdered alcohol argues that the product might be safer than liquid alcohol. It says that it would not appeal to young persons.  Liquid alcohol is easier to conceal, easier to spike drinks and easier to use to binge drink. It’s much less expensive and allows someone to get drunk faster, both which appeal to the underage drinker. “Liquid alcohol is easier to conceal, easier to spike drinks and easier to use to binge drink. It’s much less expensive and allows someone to get drunk faster, both which appeal to the underage drinker.”1  It argues that powdered alcohol has medical, scientific and other benefits.  It contends that it should not be made illegal.

The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has approved powdered alcohol for sale in the US. But public concern remains. Many any states have outlawed the product

These States Have Outlawed the Sale of Powdered Alcohol Products.

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  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South
  • carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Both Maryland and Minnesota have imposed one-year bans while they study the issue. Delaware, Michigan and New Mexico have already legally defined powdered alcohol as alcohol. It is now subject to regulation as such. The governor of Arizona has vetoed a bill to outlaw powdered alcohol in the state.

Sources

  • Cameron, Duncan. InstantUpdate. Indiana Beverage Journal, 2015, 71(11), 4.
  • Palcohol