Powder alcohol has been approved by the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau according to the Huffington Post. Yet states are still seeking to ban the stuff. Why? Nobody seems to think it's a good idea.
VICE previously concocted their own version of the stuff with Everclear which didn't go well, and YourEDM.com even went as far as saying "knowingly releasing a product to the open market that has a possibility for abuse is essentially third-degree murder in my opinion. Sure, you didn’t shoot anyone, but you loaded the gun, so to speak."
We look at the company's responses from their website which says "no one has ever tried Palcohol so all the criticisms are just speculation. We believe that powdered alcohol is actually safer than liquid alcohol":
"1. People will snort it and get drunk.
Listen, people can snort black pepper....so do we ban it? No, just because a few goofballs use a product irresponsibly doesn't mean you ban it. But even the goofballs won't snort Palcohol due to the pain the alcohol would cause. It really burns. Imagine sniffing liquid vodka. Second, it's impractical. It takes approximately 60 minutes to snort the equivalent of one shot of vodka. Why would anyone do that when they can do a shot of liquid vodka in two seconds?" - Palcohol
Magnetic Response: Just because it seems impractical doesn't mean people won't do it. And the "it burns" comments hasn't seemed to stop people in the past. Also, while mixing drugs of any kind can be extremely dangerous, this wouldn't seem to help. The potential to confuse this powder with others could be dangerous too so know what you have your hands in.
"2. Powdered alcohol will make it easier to sneak into venues.
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. Alcohol in any format is subject to abuse if someone is determined to do so. Nothing prevents a criminal bent on violating the law from pouring liquid alcohol from its original package into a water bottle, a lunchbox thermos, a hip flask, etc. for surreptitious consumption." - Palcohol
Magnetic Response: VICE reported in an article that the Palcohol website used to say the packets would save space in your backpack for camping, seemingly a contradiction to the above. We couldn't confirm this anywhere on the current site. A 4x6" package might be tough to conceal but the worry would be smaller packs. Just don't sneak things into festivals.
"3. It will be easier to spike a drink.
Not true. Palcohol does not dissolve instantly in liquid and would take over a minute of stirring to dissolve the equivalent of one shot of alcohol into a drink when one can spike a drink with liquid alcohol in about three seconds. Please view the video for a demonstration." - Palcohol
Good to hear it doesn't dissolve instantly. We would highly advise against mixing alcohol with alcohol as well.
"4. Kids will get a hold of it easier.
Not true. Palcohol is sold wherever liquid alcohol is sold and the same rules apply, you must be 21 years or older to buy it." - Palcohol
Powder does seem easier to get into, but otherwise this claim seems to be solid.
This is hardly the first time questionable products resembling drugs have entered the market. The Moll3 energy pill being the most recent which we shared our experience about.
VICE made their own Everclear-strength concoction and a commentator noted that they did everything but mix it with water - it's intended use. The results weren't pretty but then again, it was homemade from Everclear and not used properly.
Most importantly, just be responsible with this stuff. It is not on sale yet but don't let yourself confuse it with other substances. While we do not advocate drug use, a good rule in general is to always be 100% sure of what you're putting into your body and understand the risks.
If you're able to buy Palcohol, please use it responsibly and correctly. Everyone can probably be agreeable to that.
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