Palcohol, a term used for a powdered alcohol, is now legally approved by the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and ready to be available in several stores this year. It is a new product that allows users to combine alcohol powder with a certain amount of liquid to produce rum, vodka, cocktails, and other traditional mixed drinks.
On Palcohol’s official website, Mark Phillips, Palcohol’s founder and inventor wrote that the availability of this product may take for a little while, but hopefully it will be this summer. Thus, it can also be purchased through online, and a number of retail stores. Furthermore, it is said that one packet of palcohol is equivalent to one shot. Each packet weighs 1 ounce, and when mixed to 177 milliliters (6 ounces) of water, it will turn out to be in a liquid form.
Along with the approval of this modern trendy type of alcohol, several concerns by health experts and law makers arise. This includes the possibility of extensive abuse and the accessibility of consumptions by minors needs to be further considered. In addition, palcohol’s strategy of producing it with variety of flavors make it more appealing to young ones, and it can be a great factor for higher usage. Yet, most of the people argue that there is no reason to worry because alcohol is determined as to be more unsafe rather than palcohol.
Also, the company answered that Palcohol will be imposing to the same rules on liquid alcohols. That means, a buyer should be on his or her legal age (21 year old and older) in order to buy it from stores.
As stated in their website, “Alcohol in any format is subject to abuse if someone is determined to do so.” So the responsible use still lies on the consumer’s hands, along with his or her peers.
On the other hand, a number of states do not agree with this legalization. In fact, according to Street Journal, palcohol has already been banned in Louisiana, Vermont, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. However, some of states are doing their best in making corresponding actions to stop and ban the product. These states include New York, Rhode Island, and Colorado.