Palcohol or Powdered Alcohol is product that hit the shelves this past summer. It is approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, part of the U.S. Treasury Department. But the powder packets that can turn water into a mixed drink have already been banned by several states amid fears that Palcohol can be easily abused.
The current powdered alcohol prohibition covers Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state. (Aug 19, 2015)
The product, which is being marketed by one company as “Palcohol,” isn’t a new concept. The idea of freeze-dried or dehydrated alcohol that can either be consumed by itself or mixed with water to produce a drink has been around for decades. In 1966; 49 years ago, Sato Foods Industries Co., Ltd. invented alcohol powderization.
New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) noted in a statement that powdered alcohol can lead to unsafe levels of intoxication if it is mixed incorrectly or ingested in its powdered form. The product, he wrote, is easy to hide, attractive to young people, and increases the risk of substance abuse. “This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen,”
Remember just because it’s legal, does not mean its safe!
• Snorting – The Palcohol website states that although “impractical”, the powder may be snorted for achieving inebriation at a faster rate.
• Increased access to youth – its ability to easily be transported and used discreetly raises its potential for underage use.
• Overuse or unsuspected use – Dangerous combinations may be created by combining Palcohol with substances other than water, such as caffeinated drinks or other alcoholic beverage (wine or spirits). Additionally, due to its form, it may be mixed into another person’s drink to increase their level of intoxication unknowingly.
If you or someone you know has a problem with Alcohol, the Oasis may be able to help. Please call us at 501.376.2747.