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Freeze-dried, powdered alcohol has recently gained approval from federal regulators and could hit store shelves across the country by summer. The product, called Palcohol, comes almost a year after the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau claimed previous approvals had been issued in error. This gave a small Arizona-based company the green light to roll out four new powdered beverages. The first offerings will be a cosmopolitan, a margarita, a vodka drink and a rum drink. A lemon drop drink will be added at a later time.
The company taking credit for the invention is Lipsmark, who intends to sell the booze in foil pouches that can also be used as a glass. According to creators, the powder will need to be poured in 5 ounces of water first. The bag can then be zipped and shaken until the powder fully dissolves.
Despite a warm reception by consumers, the new product has created controversy in several states where alcohol regulators claim that the product’s dangers are not worth the risk of consumption problems. And although the product has been approved federally, California, Florida and New York, have already moved to ban it from consumption or sale within their borders.
Some lawmakers claim that the powdered beverage is could quickly turn into a problem for underage drinking as the product is already considered “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking.” Many parent and youth protection groups claim that the powder could be easier to sneak into public events and spike people’s drinks. Other groups worry that minors will abuse the product by snorting it to get high.
Still other groups claim that the product could present even greater dangers because it has an appeal to young children who might see the product and be attracted to packaging or the scent. This could lead to problems with potential overdose or alcohol poisoning for small children.
The creator claims that when the carefully measured powder is mixed with water, it is equal to a standard-sized cocktail which is about six ounces. The powders contain alcohol, natural flavoring and Sucralose for sweetening. All varieties are gluten-free.
The powdered creation was designed to eliminate toting large bottles of booze. However, the company claims that powdered alcohol is actually safer than liquid alcohol. The product is “five times bigger” than a miniature alcohol bottle, making it much more difficult to conceal and doesn’t dissolve quickly enough to spike someone’s drink.
As with alcohol in traditional liquid forms, the same laws apply. Consumers must be at least 21 to buy the new powdered product. Palcohol will be sold at stores that sell alcohol and the product cannot be carried in open containers in vehicles.
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