Powdered Alcohol May Be On Shelves By This Summer, But Is It Dangerous?
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Apr 08, 2015 in Car Accidents
Just add water and stir! Powdered alcohol hasn't even arrived in stores yet and moments ago, the Maryland House of Delegates voted to ban the controversial substance. The measure would prohibit the sale of powdered alcohol from June 1 to June 30, 2016. Lawmakers from several other states are also following suit, moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go.
Palcohol plans to have a variety of flavors for sale including rum, vodka and cosmopolitan. When mixed with water, it is the equivalent of one shot of liquid alcohol. Critics worry the alcohol-on-the-go packaging prompts the capacity for misuse to abuse, from snorting to mixing with existing drinks including energy drinks. Powdered alcohol also offers a new way to spike drinks, which increases the likelihood of more underage drinking.
Others see bad deja-vu that mirrors the Four Loko craze of 2010. The controversial caffeinated beverage that equals something like six beers and a cup of coffee was ultimately banned by the state of New York.
Palcohol's creator, Mark Phillips, scoffs at those concerns. He maintains the creation was designed to make it to easier to carry powder for a drink during a long hike or other outdoor activities. Other experts aren't convinced that powdered alcohol is more of a concern than alcohol in its more familiar, liquid form.
Safety advocates still see problems, especially when it comes to enforcing open container laws for drivers. Some advocates argue it would make open container laws ineffective. Others argue the powder could also be easily confused with any number of legal and illegal substances, which could consume expensive and time-consuming resources.
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