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What is Powdered Alcohol?

What is Powdered Alcohol?

A new, controversial product is currently for sale and approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: Palcohol. This dried form of alcohol can be mixed with water to create liquid alcohol. Packaged in easy-to-carry pouches, powdered alcohol comes in a variety of flavors. One packet mixed with five ounces of liquid creates an instant cocktail equivalent to one standard mixed drink or shot of vodka. There are risks and challenges associated with the sale and use of powdered alcohol.

Concerned Parents

Parents have expressed much concern over this type of product as it has a great potential for misuse among underage youth. Some fear young people may try to snort the powder or mix it with alcohol for a stronger drink. Others believe powdered alcohol will be easier to conceal and sneak into venues like movie theatres, parties, and school. Drug and alcohol abuse for teens is on the rise and it is of major concern to their health and wellbeing.

Favorable Reviews

Proponents of powdered alcohol don’t understand the outcry quite as much. There are people who say Palcohol is an alternative form of alcohol that should be regulated like liquid alcohol and not be sold to those under the legal drinking age. Makers of the powdered alcohol state it has many conveniences for adults who like to drink. It is easier to transport for traveling, hiking, or camping without worrying about bottles. The use of water to mix with it is a quick solution to a good time, versus driving around picking up alcoholic beverages to bring home.

Getting Past the Challenges

Moving forward away from the challenges of Palcohol is the greater discussion about how to teach young adults how to avoid the trappings of alcoholism and drinking. Powdered drinks seem new and kitschy but they are just as toxic as any alcoholic beverage on the market. Banning it will only make it more saleable to young people. Monitoring underage drinking is important but the concerns may be overrated as people who are going to drink will likely find a way to do so. The best way to support people who are going to buy the powdered alcohol is find a place to get clean and sober. If drinking has become a problem, it may be necessary to create an intervention whereby the person with the drinking problem can be made aware of their situation and seek help. Powdered alcohol is not the first (or last) attempt to try and find ways of making drinking more attractive to people. Banning the sale of it is not likely to temper the problem but making people more aware of their drinking behaviors and what constitutes a drinking problem is more likely to be beneficial in the long run.

If you think you or a loved one have a drinking problem or misuse powdered alcohol, call us. Serenity Detox believes you have the ability to heal and overcome addiction. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964