Palcohol is powdered alcohol. It is dried alcohol that can be mixed with liquid to create an alcoholic beverage. Palcohol received federal approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this year but it isn’t available for sale, yet. With alcohol abuse on the rise, will Palcohol create more issues with underage drinking and alcohol abuse?
What is Palcohol? Palcohol is alcohol in powder form. The powdered alcohol is mixed with water or other mixers to create an alcoholic beverage. One packet equates to one standard alcoholic beverage. A company called Lipsmark created the product. Palcohol will be available in five different flavors – vodka, rum, cosmopolitan, lemon drop and margarita. The company assures the public that the product will be highly regulated like regular alcohol. While they received federal approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this year, it isn’t available for sale quite yet. This product has caused some questions of concern; individual states have been discussing the pros and cons of the product. Many states are concerned about making the product legal due to potential issues with public consumption, underage drinking and overall safety. The states that have already banned the sale of powdered alcohol are Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont. It seems probably that many other states will ban the product as well.
The creators of Palcohol created the product for the active individual. Palcohol was created for individuals who engage in hiking, biking, camping, kayaking etc., as an alterative to carrying a heavy bottle of alcohol. It is meant to be a convenient way for the active individual to be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage.
Palcohol is packaged in a 4”x6” packet and is to be mixed with liquid to create an alcoholic beverage. The product is not a highly concentrated alcohol powder; one packet is the same as one standard alcoholic beverage. The vodka and rum flavors can be mixed with water or a chosen mixer. There are three cocktail versions, cosmopolitan, powderita (margarita) and lemon drip. The cocktail versions were created to mix with water.
While Palcohol seems to be a great way for the active target consumer to enjoy an alcoholic beverage conveniently, there are many concerns and potential for abuse. Alcohol abuse and addiction is a serious issue in society today. A product that makes alcohol consumption more convenient than it already is causes concern. Underage drinking occurs everywhere, with or without powdered alcohol. However, one can imagine that underage drinking may become easier to disguise if the alcohol is in a powder form rather than as a liquid. Many are concerned about the potential misuse of the product in regards to snorting Palcohol. The company has attempted to assure the public that the product would cause the person discomfort if snorted and claim that it would take over an hour to snort the packet – which would only equate to one standard alcoholic beverage. Parents have voiced concerns about accessibility, misuse of the product and concerns about underage children being able to hide the product easily. Parents are better able to detect underage drinking and the hiding of alcohol when the product is in liquid form in bottles. For states that do allow the sale of Palcohol, parents will have to be prepared to have adequate information about the product.
Palcohol is but one potential method of achieving the mind-altering effects of alcohol. Palcohol may become legal for sale in the state you live in. While the company is not necessarily responsible for potential underage drinking and misuse, it is important for the public and parents to stay informed. Underage children are finding a variety of new methods to get drunk and high. It is important to understand the dangers associated with alcohol abuse and underage drinking. If you or someone you know needs help from addiction or you would like more information about recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.