A New Form Of Powdered Alcohol Called ‘Palcohol’: What Could Go Wrong?

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A New Form Of Powdered Alcohol Called ‘Palcohol’: What Could Go Wrong?

A New Form Of Powdered Alcohol Called ‘Palcohol’: What Could Go Wrong?

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All of the effects of alcohol in a convenient powder. Would you try this product? Palcohol is a newly approved product that promises, “Just add water for an instant cocktail.” It could soon be available at a liquor store near you.

A newly approved powder could be the best or worst thing to happen to a tasty alcoholic beverage. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the new product, Palcohol, on Wednesday. This is a packeted, powdered form of alcohol that can easily be added to a glass of water to form an alcoholic beverage. The directions are exceedingly simple, but the effects of this product could be long-lasting.

Palcohol’s inventor, Mark Phillips, dreamt up the idea for this product while on the go. He wanted to create an alcoholic drink that could be carried wherever he went, whether that meant the country, the city, or during travel: “When I hike, kayak, backpack or whatever, I like to have a drink when I reach my destination. And carrying liquid alcohol and mixers to make a margarita for instance was totally impractical.”

Here’s the lowdown. Palcohol will soon be available in several flavors: vodka, lemon drop, rum cosmopolitan, and powderita (er, margarita). A packet of Palcohol is equivalent to one shot of liquid alcohol and should be mixed with 6 ounces of water. Packets of Palcohol will be available in many stores by summer 2015.

Phillips stresses that Palcohol will also be useful in other capacities:

(1) As an antiseptic during camping emergencies; and

(2) As an alternative fuel source.

What’s the problem? A handful of states (including Louisiana, Vermont, and South Carolina) already moved to ban Palcohol and any other powdered forms of alcohol. There are several reasons for this swift, somewhat preemptive move:

(1) Allowing powdered alcohol could provide young children and teenagers a convenient, easy to hide alcohol;

(2) Lawmakers fear that people could snort the powder;

(3) Safety advocates fear that non-alcoholic beverages could be easily spiked;

(4) Consumers could add several packets into one glass of water to create a super-potent drink and consume a lethal concentration of alcohol;

(5) This powder could pose difficulty in enforcing open container laws for drivers.

(6) Powder can be easily confused with any number of legal and illegal substances, and testing a suspicious pile of powder would readily consume expensive and time-consuming resources.

Will you try Palcohol? These little packets are a breakthrough invention for the alcohol industry, but we’ll see if they truly make it into a store near you.

Sources: USA Today

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