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States Banning Powdered Alcohol

Powdered alcohol, not yet an officially market-launched product, has been banned in nearly two dozen states. New York was the most recent state to join the ban officially forbidding the substance this past Friday, August 14.

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Powdered alcohol could make binge-drinking easier/Image: IMGArcade

New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo told the press: “This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen.  I am proud to sign this legislation that will keep powdered alcohol off the shelves and out of the wrong hands.”

One company has named the powdered alcohol “Palcohol”. “Palcohol” is thus named because the product is a combination of “powder” and “alcohol”. It is a dehydrated or freeze-dried alcohol that can be used by itself, taken in pill form or mixed with water. The company behind “Palcohol” received their patent from the US Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) early this year.

The states that banned the sale of powdered alcohol did so because it is generally believed that powdered alcohol would probably make binge drinking and underage drinking easier.  The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) did not comment on the subject of the sale of powdered alcohol because the TTB is the agency with “the authority to review the formulation and labeling of distilled spirits products.”

The FDA did, however, review powdered alcohol on its non-alcohol contents. The agency stated that “the use of ingredients in the proposed products was in compliance with the FDA’s regulations. “

Mark Phillips, the creator of “Palcohol,” claimed that powdered alcohol is safer than liquid alcohol. In an advertisement for the powdered alcohol product he elaborated.

“Palcohol is not some super concentrated version of alcohol.  It’s simply one shot of alcohol in powdered form.  When I hike, kayak, backpack whatever, I like to have a drink when I reach my destination.  Carrying liquid alcohol and mixers in bottles to make a margarita, for example, was totally impractical.”

States Banning Powdered Alcohol

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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.