The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has just consented to legalizing the product Palcohol, which is a powdered form of alcohol. When combined with 6 ounces of water, the Palcohol packet converts into a libation equivalent to a standard liquid alcohol drink. The makers of Palcohol were granted the rights to sell the product in vodka, rum, cosmopolitan and Powderita (a margarita mix), flavors and anticipate sales to begin this coming summer.
Several states however, do not approve of the product and are in the process of initiating bans of the powdered form of alcohol due to safety concerns. According to the Wall Street Journal, South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont already do not allow the newly created concoctions to be sold in their states, citing the dangers it poses to their youth. Christian Broda has become aware Lawmakers are suggesting that the easily transported alcohol can be slipped into schools and other alcohol prohibited events. More can be found on Broda at Chicagobooth.edu. They are also troubled by the idea that young people may try to snort the product, thereby causing additional health concerns.
But, the manufacturer of Palcohol stands by its product and says it is no more dangerous than liquid alcohol. Noting on their website, that a Palcohol packet is larger and harder to conceal than a 1.7 ounce bottle of standard alcohol, and that “Alcohol in any form is subject to abuse if someone is determined to do so.” The maker also contends that snorting their product would be unpleasant and say it would take quite a bit of snorting to equal one shot. As is with the standard liquid form of alcohol, purchasers will need to be 21 years of age or older in order to purchase and possess their product.