Sunday, May 25, 2014

Powdered Alcohol Coming? by Megan Sukovich

“Palcohol,” powdered alcohol, has initially been approved for consumer use by the Food and Drug Administration. Similar to Gatorade or Ice Tea, the powder can be added to liquid, or showered on food, but also snorted to feel the full affects of an alcoholic beverage.

State Senator Tim Carpenter plans to introduce a bill to ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Wisconsin. Carpenter says, "The potential for abuse is simply unacceptable."

Criticism is coming from many substance abuse groups across the nation. "Like alcohol-laced energy drinks, this appears to be another attempt to market alcohol irresponsibly to young people. Add to this the fact that Wisconsin is the only state in the nation where the first OWI is not a crime, and you are mixing a dangerous cocktail with powered alcohol. It took several tragic deaths before alcohol laced energy drinks were pulled off the market. I don't think we need to wait for a similar tragedy and we should ban the powdered alcohol,” says Carpenter.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Wisconsin is the 8th highest in the nation per capita in alcohol consumption. states that, “A package of Palcohol is 4" x 6".... almost five times bigger than a 50ml bottle of liquid alcohol so Palcohol is much harder to conceal.” The site also states that it is not any more dangerous than liquid alcohol, but will be sold only to individuals 21 and up.