For those who haven't heard, Palcohol is a new brand of powdered alcohol that got approval from the Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau on March 1oth of last year, to be sold legally in the US. It was scheduled to appear in stores during this summer, even though it has been approved for nearly a year. Now it looks as though Palcohol will have a much harder time getting into stores than previously anticipated.
"Citing a lack of safety data and the potential for abuse and misuse among both youth and adults, the Baltimore City Health Department convened physicians and public health leaders to endorse a statement on the clinical and public health dangers of the product."
Thanks to the Baltimore City Health Department and their advocacy against the selling of powdered alcohol, the product has been banned from sales and distribution in Baltimore and also the entire state of Maryland. However, this should not have come as a surprise since there were other states back in 2014 that had begun enacting bans against alcohol in such form. Now, as of November 27th, 2015, there are 24 states who have banned the sale and distribution of powdered alcohol and two with temporary bans.
The majority of government officials opposing the sale of powdered alcohol claim that there aren't enough safety data on the product and that it would be much more likely to increase underage drinking. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced the federal legislation that would ban the sale and possessions of powdered alcohol, which he called the "Kool-Aid for underage drinking.”
“I am in total disbelief that our federal government has approved such an obviously dangerous product, and so, Congress must take matters into its own hands and make powdered alcohol illegal,” Schumer said. "Underage alcohol abuse is a growing epidemic with tragic consequences and powdered alcohol could exacerbate this."
The founder and creator of Palcohol, Mark Phillips has taken a stand against the accusations that the product is more dangerous than liquid alcohol. The concept of powdered alcohol was developed due to Phillips' active lifestyle of camping, hiking, kayaking, etc. It was illogical and impractical to carry bottles of alcohol or spirits, so the idea of having it in powdered form would mean that you can take some with you without the increase in weight. 1 package of Palcohol is equivalent to one shot of liquid alcohol. It takes 5 ounces of water to dissolve the powder. The Palcohol product is not more concentrated than the liquid form.
On Palcohol's website, Phillips wrote five reasons it will be bad to ban the sale and distribution of Palcohol, including creating a video that rebuffs all the hysteria of the dangers. Watch the video below and feel free to tell us if you think having powdered alcohol is a good idea.
We addressed the topic last year, here's what we thought.